IN-FORM POET: Dodoitsu

This week our featured form is the Dodoitsu.

The Dodoitsu is a fixed folk song form of Japanese origin and is often about love or humor. It has 26 syllables made of four lines of 7, 7, 7, 5 syllables respectively. It is unrhymed and non-metrical.

 

Marie’s Dodiotsu:

We speak of falling in love
and falling again from there,
while seldom coming to rest
on dedication.

 

 

Walt’s example:


A LONGING HEART

I’ve waited for your return,
which surely will not occur.
Cruel-hearted orb turns slowly
leaving me alone.