Hidden Gift ~ sijo

Hidden Gift

Recent years remind me
       of the sorrow December can hold.

But with the loss experienced
       comes a most welcome gift.

Memories held in fondness
       temper the sorrow that brings them forth.

This is my response to Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Challenge #41: Gift.

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

20 thoughts on “Hidden Gift ~ sijo

      • I have so many positive memories of my grandmother, and my grandfather too (who died 5 years later around the same time of year, but I guess I was not hit as hard by it since the shock of loss was not as great) and I have done paintings and other art with these as my subject; it has been way for me to relive those times again. December funerals somehow seem so much more raw than those in summer, somehow.

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