Payar

Bengali Poetry is from the Bengali Region, Eastern India and dates back to the 10th century . Its origins were in mystic poetry but later became known for its epics. 

The Payār is the most common form from the Bengali Region.
The Payar is:
• stanzaic, written in any number of couplets.
• rhymed. aa bb cc etc.
• syllabic, 14 syllables lines which are normally broken into 4 units.

4 4 * 4 2
4 4 * 4 2
or
xxxx, xxxx, xxxx, xa
xxxx, xxxx, xxxx, xa

Temptation by Judi Van Gorder
Words in color, writ in anger, meant to provoke, to prod,
rude distraction, wrong direction, lead me away from God.

Pasted from http://www.poetrymagnumopus.com/index.php?showtopic=1218
My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.

My example

Non Pro Se (Form: Payar)

A pacifist may turn his cheek, ignoring simple threats,
but can’t forsake community to which all men owe debts.

Extend your hand, with open palm to other men — of peace,
but gird your loins, unsheath your sword, to make evil surcease.

© Lawrencealot – January 5, 2015

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