Written for: Poetic Bloomings2 – InForm Poet – Kouta
“A short while back, Robert Lee Brewer highlighted the Kouta poem at the Poetic Asides Blog”.
In Robert’s words:
“The only poetic mention of kouta I’ve found (online or in print) is in Robin Skelton’s The Shapes of Our Singing, though I did find a post on Japan Info that claims it was a traditional song of geisha. Both sources also interpret the word kouta as meaning “little song.” Skelton provides two variations of these little songs.”
Kouta (Version 1): quatrain (or 4 lines) with the following syllable count per line: 7575
Kouta (Version 2): quatrain with the following syllable count: 7775
No other rules apply concerning rhyme, seasonal words, subject matter, etc.
Sometimes your face appears on
faces of strangers
from a distance. My heart stops.
It is never you.