Life, or: No regrets

A ‘Sijo’

some selves sleep; some silent sit; some slip 
into nothingness; 
with each step forward, hopeless, 
potential realities collapse 
away all around me, eyes pleading... 
... I no longer look down 


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.

What Do You See #183

For this week’s #WDYS image prompt, Sadje offers us this image of a young woman lying on the edge of a precipice. She is holding out her hand and on the edge of the image, we see a hand extended toward her.

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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42 thoughts on “Life, or: No regrets”

  1. I imagine those in last days knowing that (perhaps) nothing or something else awaits and they are more than ready.
    But I also believe there are other ways to interpret your verse. (((Hugs))). Jules

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