Here are the sedoka guidelines:
- Two three-line stanzas
- Five syllables in the first line and seven syllables in the second and third stanzas
- First stanza is a question by one lover
- Second stanza is an answer by the other
- So it's traditionally a love poem (and often a collaborative work)
No rules for rhyme!
Play with poetic forms!
Poetic forms are fun poetic games, and this digital guide collects more than 100 poetic forms, including more established poetic forms (like sestinas and sonnets) and newer invented forms (like golden shovels and fibs).
Here’s my attempt at a Sedoka:
Untitled Sedoka, by Robert Lee Brewer
why do winter stars
shine brighter than summer stars
as if they are shards of glass?
don't blame the seasons
on the ever changing heat
of your lover's quick embrace.