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Sedoka: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the sedoka, a 6-line question and answer Japanese form.

If sedoka sounds familiar, I've actually mentioned it before when writing about katauta. Also, it sounds like somonka, another form I've covered in the past.

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!

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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.

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