Haikai Challenge #130: [spring/autumn] equinox (higan) — Return

Persephone and Demeter

 

Come close to me, dear
Round nightglow goddess, whisper
Your daughter’s promise of green

Blue-grey giantess
Your seasonal lover nears
Let’s share sighs for known secrets

 

 

Today my offering is in the form of a sedoka, which is a pair of katauta love poems. The first one is from the earth to the moon, and the second one is from the moon to the earth.  It also parallel’s the story of Persephone being allowed to return from Hades in the Spring, after her mother, Demeter, turned the world cold and grey at her absence.

The Katauta is an unrhymed japanese form consisting of 17 or 19 syllables. The poem is a three-lined poem the following syllable counts: 5/7/5 or 5/7/7.

The Katauta form was used for poems addressed to a lover. A single katauta is considered incomplete or a half-poem, however, a pair of katautas using the syllable count of 5,7,7 is called a sedoka.

Frank J. Tassone is the host of Haikai Challenge.  Frank says:
Write the haikai poetry of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that alludes to the [spring/autumn] equinox (higan).

23 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    Very meaningful and interesting poems.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Sadje, I enjoyed writing that one.

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      1. Sadje says:

        And you’re so good at these.

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  2. Reena Saxena says:

    Thanks for introducing me to Katauta and Sedoka! Is it necessary, that the two parts represent a dialogue?

    The image is as bewitching as the format.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You are welcome. I don’t know about the dialogue part. I would think not, but further research might be needed. All I know is what is at the bottom of the post about them.

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      1. Reena Saxena says:

        It has to begin somewhere 🙂

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        1. msjadeli says:

          🙂 Looking forward to what you come up with when you do one!

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  3. greenspeckblogger says:

    I loved this poetry form 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Ive only used it a few times now and have enjoyed it also 🙂

      Like

  4. Jules says:

    Enchanting.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Jules!

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  5. Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #1 (3/16/20): Jade Li’s latest #Katauta for my current #haikai challenge!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Frank, it’s a double-katauta, aka sedoka! Just sayin….

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      1. Right! I’ll ammend. Thanks!

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  6. jazzytower says:

    That photo has me seeing things…many things😊. Very interesting. Nice write.

    Pat

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    1. msjadeli says:

      So glad you liked it, Pat, thank you. It was fun trying out a new form and mixing the themes up a little.

      Like

      1. jazzytower says:

        It worked well😊

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  7. -Eugenia says:

    Beautiful poem and image and I love the poetry forms.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Eugi, glad you liked them 🙂

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      1. -Eugenia says:

        You’re welcome!

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