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POETIC BLOOMINGS, a site established in May 2011 and which reunites Marie Elena Good and Walter J Wojtanik to help nurture and inspire the poetic spirit.

INFORM POET – IMAYO

The imayo is a 4-line Japanese poem that has 12 syllables in each line. If a 12-syllable line sounds unique for a Japanese poetic form, don’t fret. There is a planned caesura (or pause) between the first 7 syllables and the final 5. The 5/7 syllable splits are the familiar patterns found in other Japanese forms like haiku, tanka, and senryu.

The imayo was originally written to be sung, but that’s not a requirement. Also, poets have free range on subject matter.

WALT’S TRY AT IMAYO:

HER SONG, by Walter J Wojtanik

I hear the song that she sings – so sweet a sound heard
Each word bringing me such joy – in the morning mist
a melody soft, lilting – I will hum along
Strong emotion resides there – this song that she sings

 

Here’s the same poem as it breaks at the caesura:

 

HER SONG, by Walter J Wojtanik

I hear the song that she sings
so sweet a sound heard
Each word bringing me such joy
in the morning mist
a melody soft, lilting
I will hum along
Strong emotion resides there
this song that she sings

 

If you notice, this can offer three poems in one, aside from the variation shown above. The seven syllable lines before the caesura form a cohesive poem:

I hear the song that she sings

Each word bringing me such joy

a melody soft, lilting

Strong emotion resides there

and the five syllable lines after the break, the same:

so sweet a sound heard

in the morning mist

I will hum along

this song that she sings

Try a few Imayo poems and see how they feel to you!

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14 thoughts on “INFORM POET – IMAYO

  1. Dang, Walt, you made this look easy. It is not, at least for me. Maybe I can get mine to work eventually – we’ll see.

  2. Gloria Patri

    Sunrise crests the mountain top – brilliant rays of light
    in white spangled majesty – stunning radiance
    no human eyes to behold – bursting with splendor
    yet witnesses not required – she exalts herself.

  3. Darlene Franklin on said:

    What a be autiful poem, and such a lovely example (yours too, Georgeplace)

    Here’s an attempt at an autumn poem:

    Autumn arrives with mixed bags—temperatures drop
    Quilted sack holds matching leaves—oil painting the sky
    Briefcase filled with school supplies—capturing beauty
    Broken twigs line worn leather—edging into death

  4. Goodies for Seniors

    I bypass jelly apples–break my teeth for sure
    Fragrant caramel corn tastes sweet–then there’s those hard bits
    What choices at outdoor fair–funnel cakes, ice cream
    Nothing makes you feel older–kids chewing taffy

  5. Earl Parsons on said:

    A little fun with the weather today. But, then, we live in the Panhandle by choice.

    Fall in Florida

    Fall is falling here and there, but not for a few
    Today the heat was brutal; it hit one-oh-two
    We did have one positive – low humidity
    Tomorrow should be better – only ninety-three

  6. A perfect example of this type of form.

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