fireflies and crickets (a sedoka)

Little fireflies lit
the moon-void evening aching
for twinkling star’s warm loving.

Night-shift crickets sing
their choral lullaby for
all souls silently sinking.

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In response to Blogging from A to Z Challenge and NaPoWriMo 2018.
S is for Sedoka.
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 elements of Sedoka are:
  1. 2 stanzas of 3 lines each, 19 syllables or less, often 5-7-7, sometime 5-7- 5 is used for each stanza.
  2. the stanzas should parallel each other.


12 thoughts on “fireflies and crickets (a sedoka)”

  1. The elements of light and sound are certainly strong here. In a month or so, we might have fireflies out again. Do you have them year-round? And crickets? Wistful work, sister!


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