Written for: Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #96 Little Ones … Sedoka
A Sedoka is an unrhymed poem composed of two katauta. A katauta has three lines with the syllable pattern 5-7-7 and is complete in itself and able to stand alone. A Sedoka therefore has the syllable count: 5-7-7, 5-7-7.
In order to be correct, each katauta must be able to be read independently, but also create a cohesive singular work in the Sedoka. Often a Sedoka will address the same subject from different perspectives.
dark clouds cloak the night;
chilly winds creak gnarled branches,
grasping as bony fingers.
disturbed raven squawks
at frightened children – screaming,
then laughing – they throw him treats
© James Dean Chase
“Here is a Sedoka I wrote several years ago:”
behind a veil of clouds
she hides her bright face
she … the queen of night’s sky
in the mirror she looks
at her once beautiful face
mother of two boys and girls
© Chèvrefeuille (our host)
Here is my attempt:
a candy apple
child’s first bite as it crackles
leaves red streaks on children’s lips
she buys a candy apple
her tooth chips like when she fell