Camp NaNoWriMo – 28th


he pushes the shovel deep – magpie curious
kneels brushing loose soil aside – worm wriggles, exposed
carefully tucks seed in soil – magpies eyes intent
encased deftly in new home – the worm quickly turns


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.


12 thoughts on “Camp NaNoWriMo – 28th

      1. That is one thing I don’t like about WP is that the Reader is so random sometimes. I will go days or weeks without seeing a blog I follow or go to regularly, then I forget to check. I used to have a list that I would check but things got changed and sites changed. Maybe I will make a new list and share it. It is fun to see the different challenges and responses.

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