her gentle spirit ~ gogyohka

For Mother’s Day and Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday
#Poetry Challenge No. 224, #Poet’sChoice
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her gentle spirit
a mother’s essence
etched into my heart
missing her
peaceful soul


Gogyohka (pronounced go-gee-yoh-kuh)
~ a form of Japanese poetry pioneered by Enta Kusakabe in the 1950s
~ 5-line poetry ~ like tanka, but with freedom from restraints
~ no fixed syllable requirement
~ no conventions regarding content
~ brief lines in keeping with the tradition of Japanese short verse

This gogyohka started as two senryū, but I wanted to express it in one verse.

her essence
etched into my heart
loving soul

a gentle spirit
memories that never leave
peaceful soul lingers

12 thoughts on “her gentle spirit ~ gogyohka

  1. Lovely. I wish I had more of my birth mother’s memories. She passed when I was young and the adults at the time seemed to bury her memories too – they didn’t share anything. So I treasure the little bit I have a (and those few stories I know from folks who were willing to speak after decades passed).

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  2. A nice one for Mothers Day, Ken.
    I know what you mean by not asking enough questions about parents lives. My daughter did a family tree when she was little so she bombarded everyone with questions. Now that Family Tree is a treasure in our family🙂. Out of the mouth of babes, right 🙂.

    Pat

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  3. A nice one for Mothers Day, Ken.
    I know what you mean by not asking enough questions about parents lives. My daughter did a family tree when she was little so she bombarded everyone with questions. Now that Family Tree is a treasure in our family🙂. Out of the mouth of babes, right 🙂.

    Pat

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