Saturday, April 28, 2012

Y is for Yellow Yadu

In the A to Z Challenge, we are writing about something to go with each letter of the alphabet, one letter a day through the month of April.  Today we're on the letter Y.
My theme is poetry for ages 4 to 104.  In addition to writing at least one poem, I'm also incorporating a Tagxedo image with a font having the same letter, and the Tagxedo theme beginning with the same letter.  It isn't so easy with these last letters, so sometimes I have to get creative with where the letter is found!
We are close to the end now!  But you can check out my other posts listed on the side.  Then head on over to check out those of other writers by clicking on the top tab "A to Z Participants"!

Does anyone have a suggestion as to how I might put these together into a book? I'd like to do that, and maybe add some extras for some of the letters, or just edit it down to just one per letter.  Any ideas on which way is best?  Suggestions?  Encouragements?  H-h-e-l-p?


Tagxedo Theme: Yellow Finch
Font: Yanone Kaffesatz Bold
Poem Form: Yadu

The yadu (also spelled ya-du and yatu) is a Burmese form of poetry which consists of up to three stanzas of five lines. The first four lines of a stanza have four syllables each, but the fifth line can have 5, 7, 9 , or 11 syllables. A yadu should contain references to the seasons.
It has a climbing rhyme. The rhyme is on the fourth, third, and second syllables of both the first three lines and the last three lines.
Example of the rhyming pattern:

Y is for Yellow Yadu

yellow sun floods
the field buds bright
in mud of spring
the birds sing of
the bling of yellow dandelions

hovering blue
above new green
a few clouds fluff
not the stuff or
enough to threaten a rain

yellow, blue, green
paint the scene and
spring’s sheen of dew
shimmers truly
on newly erupted dainty, yellow dandy-heads

© 2012, Donna JT Smith


Okay, that wasn't the easiest pattern to follow.  Yowza.  You should try it.  I dare you!  It is fun when you finally get the rhyming locked into the correct syllable on the correct line, with the right number of syllables...oh, and then make sure it has a season theme, and then of course, be about the Y word... All this just after you've suddenly remembered that you haven't done this letter yet and it is 11:45 pm the night before and you have a grandson arriving in about 15 minutes from PA, and there's a shower to go to tomorrow and you want to make a trip to Friendship to see Gull Haven and so there will be no time on Saturday to write anything.  
Can you tell by the rambling, I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of my daughter, son-in-law, and grandson?  
They just texted me and said they were about 6 miles away.  
So good night, Y'all!  
They're here! 
Give me that grandbaby!
 You are my sunshine.


  1. I really enjoyed your Yadu poem and this may be the first one I've ever read! It really makes me yearn for spring! It's quite chilly here at the moment. Julie

    1. I came across the poem form by doing a search on forms of poetry. I'd never heard of it before. I like the structure very much.

  2. Just wanted to tell you to enjoy the baby shower, and send an early congratulations your way! Julie

  3. Great challenge is the Yadu, & getting it all in before the grandbaby! Hope your day/weekend is wonderful. I love the 'clouds' stanza!

  4. I've only just arrived at your blog. I love different poetry styles, although whenever I try to write poetry it slips into doggerel! I've not heard of Yadu before but the rhyming pattern looks fun. As for publishing the collection, I had ideas to do that last year but ended up putting it all together on a separate page of my blog. You couldn't do anything this beautifully visual on Kindle-style e-book as it won't take the patterns, or so I'm told. Good luck with trying to get it published though. I'm going to browse your older posts now.
    A to Z of Nostalgia

  5. wonderful and congrats on the grand-child!

  6. This is way too deep for me, I'm not a poetry person. Can you believe it, only one letter left???? Yay!!!!!!!!

  7. What a sweet picture. Enjoy your time with your family.

  8. That is the coolest form of poetry I've ever seen. You did a great job! Thanks for teaching me something new!

  9. Hello Donna, beautiful space, passing to say hello, nice to read your text.
    if you like the poetry I invite you to my espacioes, thanks.
    happy day.

  10. Excellent, I love how you challenge yourself!


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