silver moon arc sliver crescent slices dark sky
meager light inky night countless stars burnish shine
bull frog pond rippled waves shaken reeds genuflect
heaven light crackle roar cascade bright fingers stab
13 May 2018
Totok Poetic Form
- Originally Cantonese verse created by settlers in Thailand.
- Accentual anapestic tetrameter form. This sounds scary but it isn’t.
- Two un-stressed syllables followed by one stressed syllable, i.e. “t’was the night before Christmas…”
- 12 syllables per line
- 4 lines
- Usually one stanza
- Not much rhyme although there is a little bit of playful use of literary “techniques” employed in my Totok.