Strong: A Sedoka

Flower’s soft petals
dances with strong brutal winds.
There’s indeed strength in softness.

Butterfly’s soft wings
breaks robust, hard chrysalis.
There’s power in tenderness.

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In response to OctPoWriMo 2016 by Morgan Dragonwillow‘s Day 12.

Sedoka, (旋頭歌 whirling head poem) is in many ways the same verse form as the Mondo. However the Sedoka is written by 1 poet and rather than question-answer, the 2 stanzas are often parallels. This verse can be found as far back as the 6th century.

The Sedoka is:

  • 2 stanzas of 3 lines each, 19 syllables or less, often 5-7-7, sometime 5-7- 5 is used for each stanza.
  • the stanzas should parallel each other.
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