Corridor, or: Every door along the way

A sijo

gifted- descriptors; concepts; sounds; 
by mere virtue of heritage;
informed by interlacing souls,
extending young mind's limits;
constraints crumble before my child;
now- she carries the gift 


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.

d’Verse poetics: Hidden gifts

This sijo was written for today’s d’Verse poetry prompt, which is to write a poem about a special gift you received at some time in your life.

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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36 thoughts on “Corridor, or: Every door along the way”

  1. constraints crumble before my child;
    now- she carries the gift

    Knowing it is well received by family members is certainly a gift satisfying to oneself. A wonderful Sijo David!


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