Is there a message?
Landing near, waiting for cue
Your wings emerge at life’s end
Limiting your time in flight
What is my message?
Don’t wait, live ‘in’ the moment
Open my eyes, look within
Live with poise and worth
Recognize my inner truth
Connect with my Creator
I have had the pleasure of encountering more dragonflies over the past couple of months than I have since living here. In the shamanic belief every thing is alive and carries with it power and wisdom. Native Americans believe that everyone has power animals – animal spirits which reside with each individual aiding and protecting them, acting similarly to a guardian angel. It is believed the spirit also lends you the wisdom of its kind.
Considering this an interesting concept, I wondered and inquired what my message might be.
Note: Dragonflies spend most of their lives in the larva stage as a nymph (up to three years, depending on the species). It flies only for a fraction of its life. The adult, winged stage only lasts a few weeks. Mating is the primary reason for their winged stage. When you see a winged dragonfly, you know it’s toward the end of its lifespan. (credit)
This is my first attempt using the form, Sedoka.
Older than haiku by at least a century, the sedoka is actually two shorter poems smoothed together. To begin, we will look at the first half of a sedoka: a katauta. A katauta poem is a forgotten style in Japanese culture, often swept aside when haiku or tanka seem to be more fitting. A katauta is a three line poem that has a syllabic pattern of 5/7/7. It should be noted that it is very rare to see a katauta stand alone. Often times they are set into strings of two or more katauta.
Sedoka are often composed as folk ballads. They can be mood poems, similar to tanka, or they can tell stories in the manner of a song. It consists out of six lines, with a syllable count. I realize the Japanese unit for a syllable is different than English.
My story sedoka is a definitely a rough version, but I found it an interesting style. I first learned of this from one of Trisha’s blogs, Window to My Soul. To enjoy a Sedoka, read Trisha’s Golden Flower.
How to build a Sedoka?
1st line: 5 syllables
2nd line: 7 syllables
3rd line: 7 syllables
4th line: 5 syllables
5th line: 7 syllables
6th line: 7 syllables
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