Memories

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Muted shapes and colors tangle with memories loosely tethered

Emerging from the cloud, warm memories, us holding hands

Laying in tall grass, listening to the sound the earth makes

Pat R

3/25/17

Over at Cape Diem Haiku we’re being introduced to the Sijo. A Korean form of poetry “…more ancient than haiku, the Korean Sijo shares a common ancestry with haiku, tanka and similar Japanese genres. All evolved from more ancient Chinese patterns.

Sijo is traditionally composed in three lines of 14-16 syllables each, totaling between 44-46 syllables. A pause breaks each line approximately in the middle; it resembles a caesura but is not based on metrics.

Oh that I might capture the essence of this deep midwinter night (16)
And fold it softly into the waft of a spring-moon quilt (14)
Then fondly uncoil it the night my beloved returns. (14)

© Hwang Chin-i (1522-1565) most revered female Korean classical poet…”

To read more about this, read other samples of this form or to give it a try go here

Earth & Water

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this first day of spring
water drips from frozen eaves –
tulips poke from earth

birds singing by window
like me, they’re ready for spring

Pat R

3/21/17

For Tanka Tuesday