Beautiful cold stone, or: Dawn sunshine blanket

A magnetic sijo

season of beautiful cold stone
winter clouding gentle spring light
dawn sunshine blanket over dark rocks
fertile earth wet with bloom
life follows path of moon cycle
listen to her ancient song

‘Ronovan Writes’ poetry challenge

Sijo Wednesday #2

Ronovan encourages poets to write sijos that include the word ‘season’ today.


A Korean verse form related to haiku and tanka and comprised of three lines of 14-16 syllables each, for a total of 44-46 syllables. Each line contains a pause near the middle, similar to a caesura, though the break need not be metrical. The first half of the line contains six to nine syllables; the second half should contain no fewer than five. Originally intended as songs, sijo can treat romantic, metaphysical, or spiritual themes. Whatever the subject, the first line introduces an idea or story, the second supplies a “turn,” and the third provides closure. Modern sijo are sometimes printed in six lines.

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

8 thoughts on “Beautiful cold stone, or: Dawn sunshine blanket”

  1. After reading your poem, I decided to try out the magnetic poetry tool. It is a lot of fun. I like the constraint of making a poem out of a diminishing pool of words.

    I only wish it had a larger vocabulary. It gives you a lot of the same words each time you refresh the pool. Have you found any other similar tools that may have a wider vocabulary, or at least a different vocabulary?

    1. The website has various sets with different themes… And sometimes they switch them out for new ones. But every set is quite limited. therein lies the challenge ❣️

  2. Wonderful nature poetry, David. The sijo is an interesting format and one I’ve never come across before. One thing I really enjoy about your blog is how you introduce your readers to such an array of different formats of poetry. I learn something every time I read you. Good stuff, good sir! 🙂

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