Experimenting with Sijo

Last week I did an inspiring workshop with Mark Tredinnick – a whole day dedicated to listening to, writing, thinking and talking about poetry. He introduced us to the form of the Sijo – a kind of Korean version of the haiku. I think I may have taken some liberties with the form, but here is another I wrote today.

Autumn Morning

You don’t have to go far   to feel the kindness of the

Light      to sit in a well of quiet sun beside the rosemary, the

Crush of mown grass, the heaviness of spent lavender    nodding as I pass.

3 thoughts on “Experimenting with Sijo

  1. Mark Tredinnick

    Perfect, Rose. A really lovely sijo. Fourteen to sixteen syllables per line, so you’re dead on. And what counts more is the play of tautness and ease that you pull off so well here. Mark

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