Swimming Wild

The evening tide is syrupy, strange ripples shivering.

It laps at banks and licks salty rocks, as if it’s haunted.

We dive in the river. It ties us in intricate knots.

Kim M. Russell, 20th April 2021

brown duck on water during daytime

Image by Christoper Osten on Unsplash

My response to NaPoWriMo Day Twenty

We’re two-thirds of the way through NaPoWriMo 2021 and today we are writing sijo, a traditional Korean poetic form. Like the haiku, it has three lines, but the lines are much longer, typically 14-16 syllables, and each line should consist of two parts – like two sentences, or a sentence of two clauses divided by a comma. In terms of overall structure, a sijo functions like an abbreviated sonnet, in that the first line sets up an inquiry or discussion, the second line continues the discussion, and the third line resolves it with a ‘twist’ or surprise.

A poem found in an article in a Saturday edition of The Times.

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