Gogyohka, a Five Line Poem

The first snow perhaps the first freezing temperatures have gone. Until late November the salvia were blooming blue and Gerber daisies were full of warm colors.

Here’s a go at composing a gogyohka.


the autumn rose
dry leaves resist the wind
bruised seed cases
recall the bloom
recall the bud

© 03-12-20



Gogyohka (go-gee-yoh-kuh)

This poetic form was developed by Enta Kusakabe and means a “five-line poem” in Japanese. In that they may resemble the tanka or the cinquain.

The format is mainly five lines, however, four, or six lines are allowed and employs a free-verse style that seldom rhymes.

Each line is one breath in length.

These poems are usually untitled.

Rabbits in Snow, a Gogyohka

 

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Rabbits roam

snow in fields newly

green share dandelion profusion

glow yet sun melts away

cowslips gather ice.

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© Lemuel

16 April, 2018

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Notes

Gogyohka Poetic Form

  • This poetic form was conceived by Enta Kusakabe. Gogyohka means “five-line poem” in Japanese. It’s related to the tanka form.
  • This form was developed during the mid-twentieth century.
  • The Gogyohka has very simple rules: The poem is comprised of five lines with one phrase per line.

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Thank you Enta Kusakabe