Kimo: Poetic Form

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Today’s form is a haiku variant, and those are always fun. So let’s take a look at the kimo!

Kimo Poems

Kimo poems are an Israeli version of haiku. Apparently, there was a need for more syllables in Hebrew. That said, most of the rules are still familiar:

  • 3 lines.
  • No rhymes.
  • 10 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second, and 6 in the third.

Also, the kimo is focused on a single frozen image (kind of like a snapshot). So it's uncommon to have any movement happening in kimo poems.

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Here’s my attempt at a Kimo Poem:

Meeting of the Minds, by Robert Lee Brewer

His hands over his face, the father sits
facing his son, who's hidden
underneath his blankets.

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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.

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