W: Wayra


The Wayra (Quechua – wind ) is a popular verse form of Peru and Bolivia. It appears it originated in an indigenous Quechua language but has found its way into Spanish literature. It is a short syllabic verse form (a pentastich) found at some sites around the internet.


I dream of Puri

Where you wait, surfboard in hand

at dawn, I trail your footprints

You swim out, I plunge in

I wake. Tasting salt on my lips.


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