A Bagua poem applies this same principle consisting of 64 words with 8 lines of 8 words each. It should also consist of 2 stanzas of 4 lines each.
(For an extra challenge, try to make your Bagua poem have something to do with one of the 64 hexagrams of the I-Ching.)
This form was invented by Local Gems Press publisher James P. Wagner (Ishwa) who is both a Bagua practitioner and a poet. In his poem "Eight Palms of Bagua" you can see the poetic form as well as the fundamentals of the 8 walking palms of the martial art.
Eight Palms of Bagua
Heaven, father of all energies, swift as swords
Earth, the mother, stable, receptive, a magnetic center
Fire, all consuming, a deep center moving skyward
Water, changing, solid as ice, elusive as liquid.
Wind, gentle or forceful from above or below
Thunder, sudden and startling, rumbling sounds and vibrations
Lake, deep and hidden, a clear calm reflection
Mountain, internal and rooted stillness amidst endless turbulence.
~ James P. Wagner (Ishwa)
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