Effortlessly ~ sijo


It seems I only see you
       when you come into my dreams.

I hear words, conversations,
       remember what I learned back then.

Lessons never seemed to be lessons
       when working by your side.

This is my response to Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Challenge #19: Dreams.

Sijo (a Korean verse form related to haiku and tanka)
~ three lines of 14-16 syllables each
~ a total of 44-46 syllables
~ a pause near the middle of each line
~ first half of the line contains six to nine syllables
~ the second half should contain no fewer than five
Originally intended as songs, sijo can treat romantic, metaphysical, or spiritual themes. Whatever the subject, the first line introduces an idea or story, the second supplies a “turn,” and the third provides closure.
Modern Sijo are sometimes printed in six lines.
Read more here: Wikipedia

Shared with OpenLink Night LIVE at dVerse ~ Poets Pub

30 thoughts on “Effortlessly ~ sijo

  1. This is very strong Ken.. The last two lines especially:
    “Lessons never seemed to be lessons
    when working by your side.’
    really hit the nail on the head. Bravo, my friend…

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  2. It’s so true that as a parent, we are always teaching our offspring, just as we learned from our parents. Beautiful poem in memory of your father. Although I missed hearing you read the poem in the new room, it was nice chit-chatting in the first room for a bit.

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  3. This is incredibly evocative, Ken 🙂 and a most wonderful tribute. I too resonate with; “Lessons never seemed to be lessons when working by your side.” Sigh ❤️❤️

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  4. I never knew my father. Last year, through ancestry.com I “found” my real father, and my Italian heritage. He died 20 years ago, but new cousins have filled me in.

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  5. I LIKED this when you posted, but apparently had no time (or energy?) to comment. Sorry Ken.
    I came back to it after you read at OLN LIVE and it blew me away even more. Thanks. That closing line just totally blows me away.

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  6. A wonderful form…..we should feature it on a MTB Thursday at dVErse. Enjoyed hearing you read it at OLN and as I said then, I am smitten with the third line. It has such a truthfulness to it….I can think of people I would say this line to. Thanks again for your patience at OLN. Turned out to be quite a good gathering once it got rolling.

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