In-depth: An Imayo

Autopsy my tender words, ‘fore you let them in.
They may sound sugary sweet, but better check ‘em.
In-depth they bleed dark curses— chocolate-coated.
Just like your false promises, bland and not buttered.

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In response to OctPoWriMo 2016 by Morgan Dragonwillow‘s Day 16.

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 associated with song, (recitation in a high pitch) and originated with the common people in folk song. But by the Heian period it was embraced by the Imperial court. This folk art evolved with the influence of Imperial aristocrats and famous courtesans or Shirabyoshi dancers incorporated the Imayo into their performances. One type of Imayo is used in Kabuki, Japanese theatre.

The Imayo is:

  • a 4 line poem.
  • syllabic, written in 12 syllable lines broken by caesura after the 7th syllable.

Iridescent

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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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Word Inspiration: Sarah Doughty of Heartstring Eulogies (Thank you, Sarah!)


*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.

 

Illicitous

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Illicitous: An Imayo*

Blurred eyes missed your intense gaze, as I come near you.
Your face’s illicitous look, reveals your soul’s crooked.
Your dark eyes take off my clothes, but I keep my stance.
I know my womanhood’s worth, you’ll ne’er stand a chance!

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

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Word Inspiration: Sarah Doughty of Heartstring Eulogies (Thank you, Sarah!)


*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.

Taught

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Taught: An Imayo*

You taught me to eat my pride, my inner monsters.
You taught my tired soul to pray, hope for the better.
But most of all my dearest, t’was you who taught me,
how to love with all my heart, until it stops beating.

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

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In response to May Book Prompts –  by Sarah Doughty and MahWrites.

Today’s prompt is Eat. Pray. Love. by Elizabeth Gilbert

*Imayo is:

  • a 4 line poem.
  • syllabic, written in 12 syllable lines broken by caesura after the 7th syllable.

Indak*: An Imayo

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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

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.