Sunday, April 22, 2012

Present/Past


So I didn't write yesterday's poem and am playing catch-up again.  The first poem is a sedoka, which is another Japanese form (like the tanka).  It is in 5-7-7/5-7-7 form, and there is a turn in perspective between the stanzas.  The second poem is a waka, which is a) a hilarious word and b) another form of tanka.  It is in 5-7/5-7, 7 form, with the final line of 7 being a refrain, paraphrase or restatement of another part of the poem.

Present
It is difficult
to remain in the present,
to let worry go.

Help me to escape and

lose my fears in the sound of
the rain on the leaves


Past
I don’t want to drag
you with me through those dark rooms.

But I can’t help it.

They are context. I still live
with those dark rooms behind me.

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