“Drifting” – Katauta/Sedoka

Releasing us free
on a frozen breeze of Spring
floating away on the clouds

May it not said
this broken love died in vain
Drifting apart are we.

© C. Rhys


Poetic Forms:  Katauta & Sedoka

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.

The Sedoka is an unrhymed poem made up of two three-line katauta with the following syllable counts:5/7/7, 5/7/7. A Sedoka, pair of katauta as a single poem, may address the same subject from differing perspectives.

A katauta is an unrhymed three-line poem the following syllable counts: 5/7/7.

(reprint from Shadow Poetry)

One thought on ““Drifting” – Katauta/Sedoka

  1. I like simplicity of the forms. And I love to poem when I don’t have to rhyme . And I truly like the second poem, which I didn’t at first, but there is something in the syllable flow that make me cheer the sentiment.

    Well done.

    And Regards,

    And thank you

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