Sunshine X (dalit)

Golden, you are magnificent
Humbled, I squint in your presence
and lay prostrate beneath your warmth
to revel in the glory here

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Photo – Jempics

[Dalit is a Tahitian poetic form comprising a four-line non-rhyming stanza each of 8 syllables]

Six poetics #6 (Dalit)

6 in a series of 6

Six poetics come to an end
with Filipino ‘dalit’ here
This poet hopes you enjoyed
six explorations into verse

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Dalit’ is a traditional Filipino poetic form comprising four non-rhyming lines of 8 syllables

Photo – ‘Interaction’ by Victorio Edades (with Carlos V Francisco & Gala B Ocampo) 1935

Dalit week VII (Saturday)

7 of 7

And so to Saturday the end
of these few days of Dalit verse
Poetic mechanism new
for your experimentation

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Photo – ‘Interaction’ by Victorio Edades (with Carlos V Francisco & Gala B Ocampo) 1935

‘Dalit’ is a traditional Filipino poetic form comprising four non-rhyming lines of 8 syllables

Dalit week VI (Friday)

6 of 7

Hoorah it’s Friday here at last
Work will complete as lunchtime comes
And Friday’s field awaits us there
For joy to watch the dog run free

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Photo – ‘Interaction’ by Victorio Edades (with Carlos V Francisco & Gala B Ocampo) 1935

‘Dalit’ is a traditional Filipino poetic form comprising four non-rhyming lines of 8 syllables

Dalit week V (Thursday)

5 of 7

Those words for me were a bit deep
for yesterday when midweek came
So mellowing to Thursday now
today’s Dalit returns to form

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Photo – ‘Interaction’ by Victorio Edades (with Carlos V Francisco & Gala B Ocampo) 1935

‘Dalit’ is a traditional Filipino poetic form comprising four non-rhyming lines of 8 syllables

Dalit week IV (Wednesday)

4 of 7

Midweek already, that went fast
No time for slowing down just yet
though as there remains much to do
and industry waits for no one

©Jemverse

Photo – ‘Interaction’ by Victorio Edades (with Carlos V Francisco & Gala B Ocampo) 1935

‘Dalit’ is a traditional Filipino poetic form comprising four non-rhyming lines of 8 syllables

Dalit week III (Tuesday)

3 of 7

Tuesday is better than Monday
As there are but for til Friday
When yet another weekend waits
Patiently biding time until

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Photo – ‘Interaction’ by Victorio Edades (with Carlos V Francisco & Gala B Ocampo) 1935

‘Dalit’ is a traditional Filipino poetic form comprising four non-rhyming lines of 8 syllables

Dalit week II (Monday)

2 of 7

Monday morning I’m up at dawn
The world still slumbers and yet I
am wide awake to industry
Aiming for a lunchtime finish

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Photo – ‘Interaction’ by Victorio Edades (with Carlos V Francisco & Gala B Ocampo) 1935

‘Dalit’ is a traditional Filipino poetic form comprising four non-rhyming lines of 8 syllables

Dalit week I (Sunday)

1 of 7

So begins a week of Dalit
This Filipino poetry
Each four lines of eight syllables
Yet none here with rhyming stanzas

©Jemverse

Photo – ‘Interaction’ by Victorio Edades (with Carlos V Francisco & Gala B Ocampo) 1935

‘Dalit’ is a traditional Filipino poetic form comprising four non-rhyming lines of 8 syllables

Dalit IV (reverence)

Yes, this eloquence is precious
not for squandering or for waste
Revered as a diamond
with immeasurable value

©Jemverse

As a poet I’ve a keen interest in differing poetic form and syntax from around the world. From the Philippines then comes ‘Dalit’ – four non-rhyming lines of eight syllables , 32 in total. Jemverse features four examples this week – three days ago, the day before yesterday, yesterday and today.

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