Sedoka

Here’s another Japanese poetic form that seems simple at a glance, and if you look just at the physical form it is, but delve into creating meaning, and you’ll see the challenge.

A Sedoka is a poem made up of two Katauta (three-line poem). Each Katauta in the Sedoka may represent the same subject but from different perspectives.

Here are the rules:

Kantuata #1:
Line 1 has 5 syllables
Lines 2 and 3 each have 7 syllables
Kantuata #2:
Line 1 has 5 syllables
Lines 2 and 3 each have 7 syllables

Passions of the Grackles
Passions sung from hearts
Love and hate swarm empty lots
Fear turns courage dangerous

Hearts of sadness climb
Anger stems the tide that turns
Joy in flight delights new minds

Coffee
Delightful coffee
Flowing into waiting cups
Lips wet to taste the nectar

Shake, wait, wish for more
Night’s hours passing slowly
Too much coffee little sleep

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