This poem is an example of ‘Than-Bauk’, a three line “climbing rhyme” poem of Burmese origin.  Each line has four syllables. The rhyme is on the fourth syllable of the first line, the third syllable of the second line, and the second syllable of the third line!

(photo © Alex Barton)

I want to teach

Him to reach out

And breach my trust.


It’s no surprise

Steely eyes hide,

Long disguised, pain.


Soft fur hides scars,

Broken heart beat,

Soul marred by hurt.


Puppy tail’s shy,

Delighted wags

Defy the past.


© Alex Barton 2012


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4 Responses to RESCUED STRAY

  1. janehewey says:

    This is incredibly precious. –delighted wags–

  2. claudia says:

    good when they find a new home and someone they can trust

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