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    The Japanese SEDOKA is a 6-line poem made up of two verses of 5-7-7 syllables (katuata) with a turn or pivot of thought between. The pivot of thought may address the same subject, just from a differing perspective.

    There is no set rhyme scheme for the sedoka.



    Example by Unknown Author:

    Letters Left Behind

    I meant to write you
    this note saying I must leave
    you for the woman I love
    there are no words. . .
    I kept the note
    to explain the emptiness

    “When you return home
    from market remember to
    feed the goldfish—love. . .”
    . . . . . . . .I left behind
    a sticky note
    on the cupboard door.

    In the day’s noon mail
    the scent of lavender
    my name in fine bold letters.
    For ten days unread
    inside your words proclaim hurt
    because I love another.

    Outside the white house
    two police cars, lights flashing,
    four uniformed officers—
    I saw you in court today,
    all right seized, no one—
    some one gleans a profit.

    Oh love, hurt and blind
    close your eyes and dumbly race
    into the empty sunset.
    Never look behind
    to see what might have been—
    soar swiftly into dawn—


    Posted By MsJacquiiC | Sep 16, 2006
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