In the form of 5 Kimos
dropping suddenly from thirty meters having spied ruffed grouse aloft my eyasses hunger leaves dry, berries gone, driven by hunger settling for thin garter snake launching down upon it familiar musky scent in the breeze wood mouse foraging for seeds I slither, jaw unhinged samaras scattered at the tall elm's roots scampering by, I smell them enticing pea-like treats picnicking by their truck, this family delighting in our forest presents the greatest threat
The cadralor is a poem of 5, unrelated, numbered stanzaic images, each of which can stand alone as a poem, is fewer than 10 lines, and ideally constrains all stanzas to the same number of lines. Imagery is crucial to cadralor: each stanza should be a whole, imagist poem, almost like a scene from a film, or a photograph. The fifth stanza acts as the crucible, alchemically pulling the unrelated stanzas together…
The kimo shares much in common with the haiku: it appears in three lines, making it a tristich, with each line following a diminishing pattern:
- Ten syllables
- Seven syllables
- Six syllables
Each of these lines are unrhymed.
The kimo often deals with a static image, a single moment in which there is no movement. Along with its brief nature, this makes it an excellent form to reflect on or celebrate a particular instance.