A river, soft and sinuous,
chuckles at my sharp-cornered desk.
The window watches waving fields
spread pollen on hard-lined concrete.
And bird songs roll over round trees
shadowing our hard-angled house.
— by Sabio Lantz,
Process: Over the last weeks I have been possessed by the contrast of my angular world and the curved world of nature. This is an attempt to paint my possession using a Korean poetic form called “Sijo” which Samuel, at d’Verse Poets has challenged us to write.
I am not yet clear on exactly what qualifies a Sijo, but the constraints I have tried to follow are:
- 3 sentences: each which may be broken into two lines.
- Each line is divide rather naturally into 3-5 syllable patterns.
- “What counts is the musical quality”: I worked at that.
- The theme is philosophic and expressive.
- The day I wrote this poem, I jotted down some amateur sketches to try and capture some of my feelings. The above one is by hand, the lower one by computer. It took me a while to finish them, but here they are, a few days late. The poem capture my feelings far better, but even the poem is inadequate.
- For more on Sijo, see here, wiki, sejong society .