Micropoetry Month: Nov 2017: #30

Micropoetry MonthOn 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.
Like death.
What then?

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


A very warm note of thanks to everyone who was part of Micropoetry Month – as reader, participant, inspiration or supporter. Thank you for your poems, your likes, your comments. I enjoyed writing. I enjoyed reading. And I hope we can do this, or something like this, again soon. Meanwhile, I will continue to post micropoetry and other poems on this blog and haibun on my other blog Phantom Road.  You can find me on twitter @tp_poetry. See you on the trail! 

Micropoetry Month: Nov 2017: #28

Micropoetry MonthAs 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
twilight wind


Micropoetry Month: Nov 2017: #14

Micropoetry MonthRevisiting 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
morning rain

a dragonfly
hovers in the
half emptiness


Micropoetry Month: Nov 2017: #3

Micropoetry MonthA 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!


ankle deep
in a flooded paddy field

she complains-
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).


Up on “The Cherita”

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.