NaPoWriMo Prompt 28

By on Apr 28, 2015 in Blog

Ready for a challenge? Don’t worry: This form is fun. Today, “Y” is for “Yadu.” The Yadu is a Burmese poetry form. Here is the definition from Wikipedia:

[The Yadu] 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 a reference to a season.

The form uses climbing rhyme. The rhyme is required on the fourth, third, and second syllables of both the first three lines and the last three lines.



Here is an example I wrote for this year’s NaPoWriMo challenge. I altered the form slightly and used four syllables in every line:

A Landscape Grows in My Mind’s Eye
by Alyce Wilson

Climbing green fronds
wave like wands at
the pond’s edge, where
Spring’s gold air grows,
a prayer to day.

Blooms sink in mud,
flower flood of
leaf bud and sprout;
Winter’s drought now
breaks out in pink.

Green pollen blurs,
a cloud whirs by
and stirs the drink.
Water’s brink forms
a link to warmth.

If you prefer, keep it simple and write just one stand-alone stanza. From experience, I would recommend using short rhyming words with plenty of possible rhymes. You can find rhymes (and near rhymes) at RhymeZone.

Feel free to share your poem (or a link to your poem) in the comments.

The NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) challenge is to write 30 poems in 30 days during the month of April. For more, visit the official site,


Alyce Wilson is the editor of Wild Violet and in her copious spare time writes humor, non-fiction, fiction and poetry and infrequently keeps an online journal. Her first chapbook, Picturebook of the Martyrs; her e-book/pamphlet, Stay Out of the Bin! An Editor's Tips on Getting Published in Lit Mags ; her book of essays and columns, The Art of Life; her humorous nonfiction ebook, Dedicated Idiocy: How Monty Python Fandom Changed My Life, and her newest poetry collection, Owning the Ghosts, can all be ordered from her Web site, In late 2019, she published a volume of poetry by her third great-grandfather, Reading's Physician Poet: Poems by Dr. James Meredith Mathews, which also contains genealogical information about the Mathews family. She lives with her husband and son in the Philadelphia area and takes far too many photos of her handsome, creative son, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda.