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.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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