Colleen has been on a well deserved holiday but now she is back with our first prompt of July. This week, we choose our own syllabic form and a color to feature in our syllabic poem. But, Colleen said “let’s add a little something else to make it special! This week, along with a color, add some weather to your poem. “
If the form is from the #TankaTuesday cheat sheet, let us know so we know where to look for directions. If it’s a new form, share how to write it and where you found the instructions. Think about the different ways you can use color in a poem.
I have chosen the colour red and rain. I have written a Sijo.
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.
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.
Dark shades block out colours, rain falls, mother earth weeps in shock.
Red dress and cloak, female beauty hidden. Choice ripped away.
Rain falls in torrents it cannot wash away the sins of the world.