Not all Japanese poetry is ancient.  The Gogyohka is fairly modern (according to experts). It’s composed of five lines of variable length; however, each line is a complete phrase that when joined with the other lines creates a whole.When reading and writing Gogyohka, think of capturing an idea or experience. Capture one moment of memory.

Grackles flying

Harmony in balance

One leads the whole

The whole leads the one

Till resting on powerlines


Squaking clouds

Circular patterns

Angular symetry

Individual songs

Of grace and hope.

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