Pathya Vat Notes

Pathya Vat is an interesting SE Asian form that has a short syllable count. Each stanza consists of four lines of four syllables with lines two and three rhyming. There is no stanza limit.

Rhyme scheme: xaax xbbx xccx and so on

A French influenced variant for multiple stanzas is to rhyme the middle lines with the last line of the previous stanza

Rhyme scheme: xaab xbbc xccd and so on

Example

Wonder by Dana Rowe

sky opens up
peals of thunder
children wonder
eyes wide in awe

drumbeat droplets
jagged fire draws
each one to pause
squirm in their seats

hailstones bouncing
roof rattle greets
as storm now meets
end in rainbow

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