Feathered Sedoka

juvenile magpie
still unpractised in flying
squats under the willow tree

little kingfisher
flashes turquoise upriver
an accomplished acrobat

Kim M. Russell, 4th August 2019


My response to Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #96 Little Ones: Sedoka

In the first weekend meditation of August 2019, our challenge is to create a different kind of Japanese poetry, a sedoka, an unrhymed poem which consists of two katauta, three lines with the syllable pattern 5-7-7. This means that a sedoka has the syllable count 5-7-7-5-7-7.

Each katauta should read independently, but also create a cohesive singular work in the sedoka. Often a sedoka will address the same subject from different perspectives.

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