Inadvertently, or: All so innocent

A sijo

unwittingly fascinating
endless stories each
teasing my mind flirtatiously
quite inadvertently, of course
learned to always keep my guard up
though it's all so innocent

‘Ronovan Writes’ poetry challenge

Sijo Wednesday #3

Ronovan encourages poets to write sijos that include the word ‘guard’ 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 โ€œturn,โ€ 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)

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22 thoughts on “Inadvertently, or: All so innocent”

  1. I do like the sijo! A little innocent flirtation is fine but one thing can lead to another… Where is the word season?? Was that just a ploy to make me read it twice?

    1. โค โค Muri โค โค ~ you're the best – thank you for catching that mistake – the word "season" was last week's prompt… this week's prompt is "guard" – I've changed the post accordingly!

      much love,

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