Poetry Lovers: Do You Gogyohka?

According to The Spider Tribe’s Blog:

Gogyohka is a new form of Japanese short poetry, founded and pioneered by Japanese poet Enta Kusakabe. Gogyohka is pronounced go-gee-yoh-kuh (the “g”s are hard as in “good”), and literally translated means “five line poem.” Gogyohka is five lines of free verse on any subject matter. There is no set syllable pattern, however the poem should be short and succinct. The goal is to compellingly capture an idea, observation, feeling, memory, or experience in just a few words.

I love this form because it’s simple and beautiful.  Here are a few gogyohka I’ve written in the past couple of days… 


Hawaiian Summer
by Edie Montgomery-Pool
 
That summer in Hawaii
Hanging with fast boys
Chasing adventure
Jumping off waterfalls
Clothing optional

Granny’s Songs
by Edie Montgomery-Pool
 
Granny loved church hymns
Voice high and shrill
Full of joy
Loud enough
For the angels to hear

Heaven’s Jewel
by Edie Montgomery-Pool
 
Tiny woman
Big spirit
Big heart
My mother
Heaven’s most precious jewel

Add your own gogyohka in the comments section.  (Try it…it’s easy and fun!)

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