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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Korean poem

Carpe Diem Universal Jane #13 

Sijo the Korean poem

"Elizabeth St Jacques, a leader in the sijo movement, offers good advice: never lose sight of the three characteristics that make sijo unique:basic structure, musical/rhythmic elements, and the twist."

You ask how many friends I have? Water and stone, bamboo and pine.
The moon rising over the eastern hill is a joyful comrade.
Besides these five companions, what other pleasure should I ask?

© Yon Son-do (1587-1671)

Let me ask you, butterfly, do you remember your cocoon?
Perhaps you recall spinning thread, a caterpillar's ungainly crawl?
If we can jog your memory, maybe there is hope for me.

© Jane Reichhold

In the midst of the storm the tree's new leaves struggle to hold tight.
The nest of twigs is newly built.  A robin begs for limbs protection.
Green fingers pointing the direction, wind roars past in false pursuit.

©  petra domina

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