she stumbled upon idyllic path one day, to great relief- stunning, straight, sure, surrounded by stern, steadfast, sturdy trunks; certain, she strode forward... behind her, her dears dispersed through the trees
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.
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27 thoughts on “Sturdy trunks, or: Through the trees”
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love the word play and great imagery David! ❣️
🤎🙏🏻 Cindy 🙏🏻🤎
“certain, she strode forward…” Oh those roots must be firmly grounded in order to move forward! Very nice reminder of strength and courage David and the image is strong! ❤
💛🙏🏻 LaToya 🙏🏻💛 ~ thank you!
I love the alliteration!
💖🙏🏻 Sangeetha 🙏🏻💖
I love the way it is written with ‘her dears’. I feel it is excellent wordplay and adds mystique to your poem. Brilliant piece, David.💞
💛🙏🏻 Eugi 🙏🏻💛
David, did you mean to say her dears dispersed through the trees???
💙🙏🏻 Judy 🙏🏻💙 ~ yes, I did, but I considered writing ‘the rest’ instead of ‘her dears’… I’m still not sure how I feel about it
Sorry… I thought perhaps you meant to write “her fears.” I always appreciate it when folks point out my many snafus..so didn’t mean to be rude.
Not at all! I appreciate it very much 🙏🏻 😊
Oh good…Don’t wish to offend. Both Dolly and Forgottenman often catch my snafus.
It’s in my family culture – we constantly correct one another in all the languages we speak, and that includes my eight-year-old daughter correcting my Hebrew pronunciation 😉 ~ which I encourage her to do!
I liked the alliteration. Great Sijo, David. 🙂
🤍🙏🏻 Aishwarya 🙏🏻🤍
But who are the dears
Why have they dispersed?
Well, I would assume that each dear had his or her own reasons 🤔
Oh how could I undermine these beautiful gazelles, of course.
Yes, time to let them go
They have a path of their own
👏🏻 Abi 👏🏻