NaPoWriMo Day 20 : We shall Overcome

NaPoWriMo  Day 20 : We shall Overcome

Our (optional) prompt for the day is to write a sijo. This is a traditional Korean poetic form. Like the haiku, it has three lines, but the lines are much longer. Typically, they are 14-16 syllables, and optimally each line will consist of two parts – like two sentences, or a sentence of two clauses divided by a comma. In terms of overall structure, a sijo functions like an abbreviated sonnet, in that the first line sets up an inquiry or discussion, the second line continues the discussion, and the third line resolves it with a “twist” or surprise. For more on the sijo, check out the primer here and a long list of examples in English, here.

With the increasing number of covid cases, deaths, lack of hospital beds and situations returning to what they were a year ago, it’s hard to think of anything else. So, I wrote a sijo based on the current happenings. All three lines have 16 syllables as per the rules.

My sijo – We shall overcome

We’re reeling headlong into an abyss, sucked into a whirlpool
Our bodies the trojan horse, transporters of the devil, play host
Do not be fooled, we are building our weapons, we shall overcome. All Rights Reserved.


10 responses to “NaPoWriMo Day 20 : We shall Overcome”

  1. Yes, overcome we will. We need to keep a positive mindset. Your poem put me right in that place. Thanks for sharing. Keep going. I wish you miracles.

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