to stay alive
a new reason
to stay alive
a new reason
to empty sky
all the things
On this last day of the first edition of Micropoetry Month, I thought we’d take a look at the Jisei, the Japanese Death Poem. The Jisei, written about death in general or about one’s own imminent death, reflects the poet’s contemplation of his mortality, of what was and what comes next both in the context of self and universe.
One translation of Basho’s famous Jisei goes like this:
On a journey, ill—
And my dreams on withered fields
Are wandering still.
I attempted a jisei a couple of years ago, here’s another shot at it. Share your micropoem, about death or maybe about life, using comments or Mister Linky.
And when I realize
there was no now,
that life, like time, was a linear illusion.
A cherita as well in the same tone:
she wrote her jisei in six lines
one line about
the fickle, waning moon
two about a persistent mist,
and three about a hobbled dream
waiting for a perfect night
As we start counting down the last three days of November, I want to share another Cherita, a form that is becoming increasingly popular. If you’re just learning about this form, it is a six line poem, broken into three verses. The first verse has 1 line, the second has 2 and the third has 3. Also, the cherita is a story-poem that suggests there is always more to the tale!
Try (another) one or any other form of micropoetry and bring it here using comments or Mister Linky.
maybe I wasn’t thinking
maybe a thought
was passing through
a dandelion’s tryst
with the wet
Revisiting the Cherita today, a six line story-poem form invented by Ai-Li. If you haven’t tried it before, it is broken into three verses, the first verse has 1 line, the second has 2 and the third has 3.
Tell a story, write a poem… share using comments or Mister Linky. If you wish, try using the words monk, dragonfly and rain in your poem.
the old monk’s begging bowl
half filled with
hovers in the
A Cherita for Day 3 of Micropoetry Month! Cherita is a six line story-poem form invented by Ai Li, broken into three verses of 1, 2 and 3 lines each.
Do share your micropoem (doesn’t have to be a Cherita, doesn’t have to be in any form) in the comments section or using Mister Linky!
in a flooded paddy field
to the scarecrow
with the broken head
Also pleased to add that three of my poems have been included in the 6th edition of The Cherita (Nov 2017: Volume 2: Somewhere a Carousel – Pages 119, 127 and 143).
The fifth edition (October 2017) of The Cherita, Volume 2: “When I can’t sleep” has two of my poems on pages 129 and 141. Many thanks to Ai Li, creator of the form and editor of this issue.
The “Cherita” is a form created by Ai Li in 1997 that tells a story in six lines (a 1 line verse, followed by a 2 line verse, finishing with a 3 line verse )
Six of my poems have been published in the August issue (Vol 2- Where the river bends) of the Cherita journal . They are on pages 249, 265, 273, 281, 289 and 313 of the online flipbook.
Many thanks to Ai Li for accepting the poems.