The Sunday Muse 162 — White Mums

Puzzled crow envies the puddled stillness of the moon tonight.
Even clouds flee the stale smell of worm castings after the storm.
Your screams were silenced in thunder; white mums will grace your tombstone.

 

Today’s offering is in the form of a Sijo, a three-line poem that is believed to have first appeared in fourteenth-century Korea.

 

Carrie is today’s host of The Sunday Muse.

42 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    Fantastic picture Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sadje, it’s the image given by the prompter.

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      1. Sadje says:

        My pleasure! Great image.

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  2. Helen Dehner says:

    Lisa, a breathtaking form … a poem to match its beauty …. I felt the crow’s puzzlement as well.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Helen, there is always puzzlement I think at an unexpected death 😦

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  3. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Love the picture Lisa…the last line is awesome.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It is a very cool picture I agree. The Sunday Muse always has good ones. Thank you 🙂

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  4. Carrie V. H. says:

    I love this form Lisa and the soft message it holds Beautiful!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Carrie, thank you very much!

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  5. Lisa says:

    I love that! I almost wrote a Sijo also, but my poem/s wanted to be shorter. Lisa’s thought alike with this prompt!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Lisa!

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  6. an intriguing poem (I always admire your stabs at different poetry forms) and the contrast final line that turns – a great leap of imagination here Lisa

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Laura, thank you for reading and your wonderful comment. One thing I am learning about the various forms is the process directs the content.

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  7. memadtwo says:

    Wonderful imagery. I especially like the puddled stillness. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, K. It’s such an evocative image!

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  8. wyndolynne says:

    This gives me the shivers! Amazing hints of story in these lines.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you and I’m glad you connected with the poem.

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  9. Such beautiful imagery here!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much!

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  10. Anonymous says:

    That’s brilliant. A visual delight indeed 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, “Someone” 🙂

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  11. gillena says:

    Luv the resonance of colour and mystery you abstracted from the photo

    Happy Sunday

    Much💚love

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Gillena, it was a good one to write to.

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  12. qbit says:

    “Even clouds flee the stale smell of worm castings after the storm” – that is great. Very unexpected and evocative.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, qbit.

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  13. Sherry Marr says:

    I love that you wrote in this interesting form, which I had not heard of. Very cool.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I learned about it from Peter Frankis in a dVerse prompt. Glad you enjoyed the form, Sherry, thank you 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Fabulous, Marion!

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  14. writingwhatnots says:

    Love this poem. I hope it’s OK, I have linked it on my blog. This is the first time I have posted on this forum – thank you for leading me to it 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      100% ok to link the poem in your blog and so delighted to have inspired you to visit The Sunday Muse *and* to write a Sijo to the image! You are very welcome.

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  15. robtkistner says:

    Darkness to this Lisa — I like!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Rob! I left her death a mystery. The white mums symbolize grief so it seems that the writer is sad to see her gone one way or another.

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  16. Nice take on the image. Your words are very evocative. Thanks for the link. I may try to write something.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Ken. I would love to see you write something with this form.

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      1. I was thinking about sijo today, when I wrote my senryū. I’ve only used the form twice – once 4 years ago, and again this past April.
        https://rivrvlogr.com/category/sijo/

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Both excellent and intimate poems. It doesn’t surprise me you’ve put the form to good use.

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  17. Jim says:

    Perfect for after our stormy and rainy days here (Katy, Texas).
    ..

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you liked the poem, Jim, thanks.

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  18. Susie Clevenger says:

    Dark and delightful!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Susie!

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