ReBLOG | lights slowly dimming ~ senryū | Rivrvlgr

Many thanks to everyone who participated in the weekly poetry challenge. You’re all amazing!

Ken Gierke, aka RIVRVLOGR, I’ve selected you to pick the theme for the March 2020 #ThemePrompt. Please email me at tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com before next month’s challenge. Have fun and be creative.

lights slowly dimming ~ senryū

lights slowly dimming
aging parent’s shallow breaths
new grandchild visits

©2020 Ken Gierke

Image source: artoflivingguide.org

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

the permanence of henna ~ gogyohka | RIVRVLOGR

Source: the permanence of henna ~ gogyohka

Ken shares an amazing poem using a Gogyohka which is a five-line, untitled, Japanese poetic form. Unlike tanka (5/7/5/7/7 syllables), Gogyohka has no restrictions on length. (Wikipedia.org)

Here are the rules for this poem from Wikipedia.com:

Five rules of Gogyohka by Enta Kusakabe (1983)

  • Gogyohka is a new form of short poem that is based on the ancient Japanese Tanka and Kodai kayo.
  • Gogyohka has five lines but exceptionally may have four or six.
  • Each line of Gogyohka consists of one phrase with a line-break after each phrase or breath.
  • Gogyohka has no restraint on numbers of words or syllables.
  • The theme of Gogyohka is unrestricted.

the permanence of henna

the direction
of our inclinations
holds no pattern
carefree, the actions we take
the permanence of henna

©2020 Ken Gierke

I like this form. It’s unencumbered with few restrictions other than writing phrases in each line. It’s super creative!

Let me know in the comments if you would like to see this form added to our ever-growing list of accepted syllabic poetry forms.