Foggy, or: Unplugged

A Sijo

the hiatuses between the bells'
clear vowels diminish, 
as eyelids flutter / open to 
Truth in that first moment; 
the insistent ringing echoes 
your pulse pounding and own mind 


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.


Twiglets #318

bells like clear vowels

Moonwashed weekly prompt


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!

31 thoughts on “Foggy, or: Unplugged”

    1. ๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป Heather ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’“ ~ for me, this form allows just the right amount of flexibility to tell a short story! Thanks!


  1. โœTruth in that first moment; the insistent ringing echoes your pulse pounding and own mind โœ

    Is it and or an own mind
    It rings two different feelings
    To the effect of the fading vowels.

  2. โœthe hiatuses between the bells’ clear vowels diminish, โœ

    I can hear the soft tingling echoes of the bells ringing in a summer hiatus.

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