Hardly aware, or: Certainly unclear

A sijo

each ever spirals through
substantial, intangible changes
hardly aware, certainly unclear
as cycles snap and twist
coil together, one into the next
resisting gravity

‘Ronovan Writes’ poetry challenge

Sijo Wednesday #8

Ronovan encourages poets to write sijos that include the words ‘rebirth’ or ‘change’ today.


Sijo?

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)

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!

17 thoughts on “Hardly aware, or: Certainly unclear”

    1. These sijos like the haikus and tankas really grow on me
      And you make them blossom and bloom so effortlessly
      Even when adressing complicated themes such as transcending in the midst of challenges and difficulties, without falling.

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