Poetry Stretch: Sijo

The Poetry Stretch this week is the Korean “sijo”

The AHA site offers “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.”

Here ‘s my attempt:

another rainy northwest day, rainy streets, drip-drop-plop
children dance a simple do-si-do between raindrops,
tapping on the window in rhythm with clicking computer keys

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One Response to Poetry Stretch: Sijo

  1. This is a wonderful word painting that reflect the recent Seattle days I’ve been experiencing …. thank you!

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