Sedōka: Why Does The Grass Grow?

why does the grass grow?to be trampled under footreturned to the soil below Why does the grass grow?for the love of life and growthto reach in search of heaven sedōka (旋頭歌, "memorized poem" or "head repeated poem") consists of two tercets of five, seven, and seven syllables each. The head repeating. An uncommon form, it … Continue reading Sedōka: Why Does The Grass Grow?

Haiku: Early Morning Light

darkened   ellipses released my shuttered eyes crack  early morning light Haiku (俳句) is a type of short form poetry originally from Japan. Traditional Japanese haiku consist of three phrases that contain a kireji, or "cutting word", 17 sound syllables, in a 5, 7, 5 pattern, and a kigo, or seasonal reference. Weekly Theme: Japanese … Continue reading Haiku: Early Morning Light

Chōka: Love is like the Wind

love is like the winda blind force that stirs the worlddrifting by unseenflowing freely hand to handnever to be heldblowing softly in the earit whispers sweet thingsonly lovers understandat times it is stillwhere days pass without a breathyou are found wantingand with one surprising gustyou are knocked clean off your feet chōka (長歌, "long poem")  … Continue reading Chōka: Love is like the Wind