Iridescent: An Imayo*
Your blinding glowing presence, lit up the dark room.
Your enchanting so soft voice, calms all weary tunes.
Your warm endearing blushed skin, touches inside out.
Hence all’s in tears when they learned, your sudden demise.
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It seems that whenever I research a Japanese form, it involves an alternating 5-7 or 7-5 syllabic structure. The Imayo (present style) of the 12th century is no exception. This form creates long lines broken by caesura separating 7 and 5 syllables in the line.
The Imayo is:
- a 4 line poem.
- syllabic, written in 12 syllable lines broken by caesura after the 7th syllable.