Reflection -Abhanga

I see her in your eyes

fight, determination

quiet affirmations –

true reflection



The elements of the Abhanga are:

  • stanzaic, written in any number of 4 line stanzas.
  • syllabic, 6-6-6-4 syllables each
  • rhymed L2 and L3 rhyme. Often internal rhyme is employed. End rhyme scheme x a a x , x being unrhymed.

For Eugi’s Weekly Prompt where the prompt for this week is “Reflection”. To see other entries or to participate, go here

Country Lane

Walks along this country lane leads to the reservoir

Meandering left, then right
pass fields of purple ground cover –
Spring’s having her way

Around the last curve a vast expanse, water kiss blue skies

A breathtaking spike in nature’s beauty –
I pause for reflection

Pat R


For dVerse Poets Pub where the prompt is “Spike” for a Quadrille a 44 word poem a creation of the dVerse Poets Group.



on this life journey
we have navigated all
we laughed and we cried –
autumn of our lives now filled
with warm loving reflections

Pat R


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For Tanka Tuesday


NaPoWriMo Day 4

A bell at sunset

IMG_5616 maui sunset

Carpe Diem #732 “A bell at sunset”

In (spring 1689) Basho
“Spending a lonely spring evening in a country cottage” wrote

bell at sunset
also was not heard
a spring evening
© Basho (trans. Jane Reichhold)

And at another time he also wrote
“kane tsukanu/ stow a nani o ka/ haru no kure
[bell not-ring/ village as for what do / spring’s evening]”

no bell ringing
what do the villagers do
on a spring evening
© Basho (trans. Jane Reichhold)

HOST wrote a ‘ like’ haiku:

no poplar seeds
are falling like snow
under the rainfall

the cuckoo’s call
unheard on the plains
on a spring morning

© G.s.k. ’15

My attempt:

no bell at sunset
time for quiet reflection
thoughts of tomorrow



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