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Sunday Scribblings #181: Spring Wit(h) Joy: Jumping Rhymes and More

Spring begins officially this week (on the 19th), and has me looking forward with hope towards the rest of the year. I am keeping my fingers crossed as I work on my garden this year, and hope that the results make me spring with joy! The 20th this week celebrates one of those creatures we see jumping around often – the frog – with World Frog Day, and is also National Jump Out Day. With this in mind, I bring you a poetic form that also does a bit of jumping within its lines – with its rhyming scheme.

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Poetic Sundays: Spring Wit(h) Joy: Than-Bauk’s Jumping Rhymes

As mentioned earlier, I bring you the than-bauk because of its cool rhyming scheme. The Than-Bauk has its origins in the Bamar people of Myanmar (formerly called Burma), one of the many ethnic groups of the nation. I love how the than-bauk seems to be a dichotomy of sorts. Rigid structural and rhyming rules contrast with its theme of wit and jumping / staircase rhyme scheme.

So What is the Than-Bauk poetic form?

The Than-Bauk (or Thanbauk) is a short epigrammatic Burmese verse, consisting of three lines of four syllables each. Like the Ya-Du and the Luc-Bat featured earlier on my blog, this form uses climbing rhymes.

So the Than-Bauk’s features are:

  • Tristich: Traditionally, it has one three-line stanza (tercet).
  • Syllabic: Lines have 4 syllables each.
  • Rhymed: Has a climbing rhyme where the last syllable of the first line, the third syllable of the second line, and the second syllable of the third line rhyme.

How it looks


Variants and Tips

  • With restricted length and rhyming scheme (if you are keeping true to the traditional three-line poem of the than-bauk), it is better to pick smaller words.
    • That is, one and two-syllable words. Choosing vowel sounds for the rhyming words will help as you can more easily find those in the middle of words .
  • The brevity of the poem is both its beauty and its challenge, so try to work with the traditional tristich (three lines, four syllables each, and climbing rhyme format) for that reason
  • But then again, feel free to play with the form.
    • Increase the syllabic count to more than four per line. If you make it more than six, then maybe consider adding another climbing rhyme.
    • Than-bauk chains: Some variants I have seen include a new climbing rhyme starting with the third line and/or the fourth line, creating than-bauk chains. See below for the visuals:


and so on

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h/t and additional reading for more examples:

My Example Than-Bauk: Springing With Joy

Mark(ing) Spring
This place has tons
Of das(h)ing frogs!
~ Vidya Tiru @ LadyInReadWrites

A salute to Mark Twain’s Jumping Frog of Calaveras


On My Blog & at Home

My recent posts since and including my last Sunday Scribblings:

Have been working a little on my backyard as the weather is slowly warming. Saplings in pots need to be moved to the backyard, which means I spent the last week planning where they go and doing a lot of digging. Plus, discovered a delightful branch of one of the oldest independent book chains in the western USA – Books Inc. – in the city (San Francisco) when I had to go there to finish up some errands at the Indian consulate.


On My Blog & Homefront

On the home front, I am hoping all that digging and transplanting this weekend pays off as spring arrives leading me to literally spring with joy!

And for the blog, hoping to get a few posts here and then get some ready for the month long challenges in April

This Week’s Celebrations: So We Can Spring with Joy!

Literary Celebrations (close-to-it also!)

  • Literary birthdays this week of March include: March 18th celebrates John Updike’s birthdate; the 19th is Irving Wallace; Lois Lowry and Louis Sachar on the 20th of March; and Phyllis McGinley on the 21st; Billy Collins, James Patterson, and Louis L’Amour on March 22nd; Jonathan Ames on the 23rd of March; Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Muthuswami Dikshitar on March 24th
  • International Read To Me Day is on the 19th!
  • Followed by World Storytelling Day on the 20th of March, and this year’s theme is ‘Building Bridges’
  • The 20th also happens to be Bibliomania Day. On March 20, 1990, Stephen Blumberg, aka the Book Bandit, was arrested for stealing books worth US$5.3 million (23,600 of them, and worth more than double today)
  • Then, it is World Poetry Day and World Puppetry Day on the 21st of March
  • The third week of March observes World Folktales & Fables Week (March 17 – 23, 2024)

Foodie Celebrations

Other Celebrations

Related Reads and More

Wrapping up my Sunday Scribblings

So dear reader, you have reached the end of this Sunday Scribblings! As always, I welcome your thoughts, comments, and suggestions about this post. And do let me know if you plan to celebrate any of these mentioned celebrations this coming week/month? Or if you write a few fable poems, do share them with me!

Linking this to the Sunday Post over at the Caffeinated Reviewer and the Sunday Salon

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16 thoughts on “Sunday Scribblings #181: Spring Wit(h) Joy: Jumping Rhymes and More

  1. I’m so excited for spring! Our weather is not that great yet, but we are gradually getting there. I am jealous that you are able to get out in your garden and start working.

  2. The arrival of Spring fills me with excitement and anticipation. As the earth renews itself, vibrant flowers will soon burst into bloom, adorning the world with their colorful beauty. Spring also ushers in the desire for a fresh start – a chance to deep clean the house from top to bottom.

  3. It sounds like there are some great foodie celebrations coming up. Apparently today is National Chocolate caramel day!!! I hope you get to enjoy some.

  4. As always, your poems are great and I’m enjoying this rhyme. I will say you surely have a gift for writing. I’m longing to see Spring and once it hits, I’m going to be a happy lady.

  5. My daughter loves to write rhyming poems! She always comes to me when she completes one so it’s nice to learn about them!!

  6. Happy frog day, I love your poem, it is well written and has the Rhym that goes along with it. Spring time is great for planning so happy planning as well.

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