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:


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

30 thoughts on “IN-FORM POET: Dodoitsu

  1. not sure if these things have titles or not but if so, then I'll call it The Whole WorldThe world becomes tangible,reduced to steady beating,continuous rise and fall,when held in your arms.

  2. I long to taste you again,your warmth on my lips, my tongue,dripping on my chin, my sweetroasted marshmallowOK, don't know if that is actually funny but we had marshmallows last night and though I don't usually eat them, they tasted especially good. Guess my sweet tooth had a craving.

  3. Psalm 31:23Love the LORD, all you His saints!The LORD preserves the faithful,And fully repays the proud.Be of good courage.Psalm 119:162I rejoice at Your word, LORDAs one who finds great treasure.I hate and abhor lying,But I love Your law.

  4. Not exactly love, except for love for the ocean. Goes with PA prompt. On my back, basking in sunWhooshing sounds increase and waneImagining beach, but homeTraffic rushing by

  5. I couldn't resist giving this one a try. I am all about Japanese poetry these days. It looks very tanka-ish. :)RAINDROPS ON MY SKYLIGHTI awaken to a soundso unfamiliar, I justcan't place it for a moment.Welcome back, old friend!

  6. Here is a string of them!STILL THE BEST MEDICINE(A Dodoitsu String)Beyond drugs and surgery,let’s consider the valueof observing the world witha comedic eyethat sees humor in distressand refuses to blink twiceat the ills that life might bring.Learn to laugh them down.When we were infants, we laughedall the time. Why did we stop?Were we told, Get serious!Why did we obey?Life’s road is filled with landminesbut you can’t float above themnor can you tiptoe in fear.Take your chances and smile.Some will decide you’re a fool,a person of low IQ.Just nod and they’ll go away.then laugh up your sleeve.Drug companies and doctorswill discourage your outburstsof laughter, for they know wellthe power it brings.Ignore them and outlive them!Humor builds strong hearts; it willadd years to your life. Nowtake your medicine! #

  7. My first time on this site! Love learning new forms!She felt more lonely with himThan she felt being aloneLove given but not returnedA gift unopened

  8. I know you hate cooking, love.And I can only make toast.So here is the perfect date –I’ve ordered pizza.The hot night enfolded usA bright shimmer of moistureGraced our tangled vine of limbsBreathless on the green.

  9. Here is another dodoitsu, although not exactly about love, nor is it particularly humorous:Gliding over cloister stonesphantom monks in cloth of greystring small prayers togetherbreath by breath by breath.You may also read it here and see the photograph that inspired it.

  10. IN-FORM POET from Poetic Bloomings – The 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.His PedestalHe has placed her up so high.His pedestal now her home.When she falls he catches her.She is always safe.By Michael Grove

  11. Walt's idea of exploring new forms twice per month was brilliant. This one, I can't help but see as "Dodo, it's you!" Now, y'all try to get THAT out of your heads! Warm Hannah'esque smiles to you all.Marie Elena

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