frosty cool weather is near (3-4)
sunny by day, frigid by night (4-4)
falling leaves twisting, winding (3-4)
freely around his big, old tree (4-4)
celebrate with a bundled up (3-5)
walking journey through the woods (4-3)
Rather than a haiku today, I wrote a Korean sijo poem. A sijo, pronounced shee-jo, existed before the haiku poems and it’s usually sung with traditional musical instruments like a flute and drum. The structure of the poem is 3 lines but in English it’s recommended to split it up into 6 lines. Each lyrical verse should be 14-16 syllables and the total amount for a sijo poem should be 44-46 syllables. These poems are more metaphysical so I took the nature approach.
- first line: introduction of the poem (3-4-4-4)
- second line: supportive backbone of the poem (3-4-4-4)
- third line: conclusion to the poem (3-5-4-3)
This was not an easy task but definitely encouraged me to play with words in order to make it work! I think I will do more of these in the future. Give it a go!
A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. - Maya Angelou