Wind-filled Symphony

Wind-filled symphony
Octaves of chimes and bells ring
Delivering messages
“Awaken gently”
“Acknowledge nature’s gifts”
Energizing life fully

This is written in Sedoka form.

Older than haiku by at least a century, the sedoka is actually two shorter poems smoothed together. Sedoka is considered an forgotten form of Japanese poetry that occasionally crops up.  The sedoka has 38 syllables over six lines that read as 5/7/7/5/7/7.  It consists of two katauta (5-7-7), or half-poems.  Each katauta has three lines and complete in itself and could stand alone; they follow a pattern of 5-7-7 syllables.  Two of them combined together to make a complete whole, for 5-7-7-5-7-7. 

As is usual, English does not conform to the Japanese syllable pattern so considerable leeway is given regarding line length. Sedoka can be written as one or more stanza and can encompass and idea or topic. The only rule that is known is that each katauta should be able to stand on it’s own as a poem.  A Sedoka often results when a Tanka (5-7-5-7-7) does not say all the poet wants to express.

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

Image Credit

© rgb for “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”, 2011

About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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2 Responses to Wind-filled Symphony

  1. Thanks for the info!
    I’ve only time for three lines
    Leave the rest to you!


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