Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #9. Use HIGH SCHOOL as your inspiration this week.

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Ronovanwrite’s Sijo.

Ron has set a difficult prompt this week . Well it’s difficult for me because I never graduated, in fact here’s the truth I never took any exam qualifications. No O or A levels, as they were in my day, I never went to university or college so I really am in the dark. However all three of our boys have graduated and so their University Graduations are what I have based my Sijo on. I have written two .

©suevincent.

Graduation

Pride is palpable holding our breath, our fledgings ready to fly.
Years of learning from the good, bad and mediocre
They are on the edge of the future God willing they may keep the spark.

35 words
46 syllables.

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Graduation

Dreadlocks and piercings gone, new beginning in cap and gown.
No flounces for middle lad but his diplomas just as worthy.
Youngest dressed up to receive his papers first steps for them all.

33 words
45 syllables.

THIS IS PART OF RONOVANWRITE’S WEEKLY SIJO CHALLENGE.

22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Looking for the Light
    May 11, 2022 @ 13:43:18

    I don’t even know what Sijo is, that’s how in the darl I am

    Reply

    • willowdot21
      May 11, 2022 @ 13:50:53

      These two are not my best efforts!
      Here is Ron’s explanation.
      the Sijo, a Korean form believed to have first been used in the fourteenth century. It is similar in structure to various Japanese forms such as Haiku. As with many forms of poetry, the Sijo became a preferred poetry form of the yangban or ruling class as well as royalty. They were written in Chinese and were originally short songs set to music. The focus of the Sijo is usually nature and contemplation. We’ll try that to begin with.

      There are:

      Three Lines
      14-16 syllables per line
      A total of 44-46 syllables for the entire poem.
      To know how many syllables in a particular word try HowManySyllables.com.

      The first line of the Sijo usually sets the theme.
      The second line elaborates on the first line.
      The third line brings the poem matter to a close.
      The setting can be nature, a favorite season, or some event of your day. Something, as I mentioned above that can be contemplative in nature.

      Within each of the three lines there is usually a pause. You can hear it in the example below. The bold sections are the parts after the pause, or at least as I read/hear them. Reading your Sijo out loud will help with using the correct form.

      Reply

  2. Ritu
    May 11, 2022 @ 16:00:01

    Fantastic!

    Reply

  3. Chel Owens
    May 11, 2022 @ 16:01:42

    Another form I’ll need to try. I didn’t graduate, either. 🙂

    Reply

  4. Colleen Chesebro: WordCraftPoetry
    May 11, 2022 @ 16:21:07

    Very nicely done, Willow. ❤

    Reply

  5. Lauren
    May 12, 2022 @ 04:52:04

    This is new to me too. I might just have to try it. You did a great job.

    Reply

  6. robertawrites235681907
    May 17, 2022 @ 17:15:41

    These are lovely, Willow. Congratulations to you on raising such successful boys.

    Reply

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