down a stony lane
long hot days
deep blue skies
still and windless
following the sun
until it goes down
Kim M. Russell, 12th August 2018
My response to Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #45 Gogyohka, a modern way of writing/creating tanka, also linked to Poets United Poetry Pantry
This weekend meditation is a ‘trip along memory-lane’ feature: ‘Little Ones’, in which we were introduced to other small forms of poetry. The form is a modern way of tanka writing known as ‘gogyohka’, invented by Enta Kusakabe.
Gogyohka is a new form of poetry which was developed in Japan. Gogyohka simply means verse which is written in five lines, each of which consists of one phrase; it has a different feel to five-line verse commonly found in Western poetry. The idea was to take the traditional form of tanka poetry (which is written in five lines) and liberate its structure, creating a freer form of verse.
A traditional tanka is based on a 5,7,5,7,7 syllable pattern. For languages such as English, however, it is difficult to compose verse within these restraints. Non-Japanese tanka is, therefore, written freely in five lines, like Gogyohka.