This month, I am collaborating with nonfiction author and photographer, Christy Peterson. You are invited to write and submit a poem based on the photo in the comments.
Sijo is a Korean poetic form older than haiku. The traditional for is three lines of 14-16 syllables in each line. The modern form is six lines of 7-8 syllables each.
On a morning walk, I notice
a praying mantis perched on the fence
its peaceful eyes follows me
I return to share the sighting
but there’s a painful silence
where laughter once filled the room
©2017, jone rush macculloch
photo by Christy Peterson
Backstory: On Tuesday, a former student, now a sixth grader, passed away from a lengthy illness. He was a dear kid with a big personality.