Indak*: An Imayo


Indak*: An Imayo
©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer

Drum beats loud jiggly jive, turns hips up, alive,
Guitar strums country folk tunes, brings foot taps so soon,
Trumpet exhales lively noise, awakes nerves and bones,
Saxophone hums sexy notes, heats up bods afloat.

*Indak  is a Tagalog/Filipino word which means to dance in time with music.

Photo credit: Thomas Kelley

In response to Blogging from A to Z ChallengeI is for Imayo.


Imayo 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.

Missed a letter/poem? Read all Poetry from A-Z here.