Physical Engagement – Guest Post

I’m guest posting over at Adam’s blog, The Dependent Independent with a poem. We considered possibly doing a regular Link Up with poetry. If you’re interested, please let us know in the comments. If you like, you can share a few lines of poetry there, too. Thanks!

The Dependent Independent

I’ve been reading about different poetic forms in my Writer’s Digest.Today, I’d like to explore the Gogyohka form.

Gogyohka literally translates as “five-line poem,” and hails from Japan, developed by Enta Kusakabe. The rules are quite simple. The poem consists of verse written in five lines, but each line is a separate phrase. It is described as “having a different feel to five-line verse commonly found in Western poetry.” 

Here is a sample by the creator of the form, Enta Kusakabe:

What kind of
stained glass
have your
rose-coloured cheeks
passed through

It’s meant to be both concise and free. A compound or complex sentence is probably too long. The phrases may be seen as separate, but connect.

Here is my offering, inspired by a recent workout my coach named, “Fifty Shades of Pain.” Oh, yes!


Physical Engagement

Standing tall
I drop my head
to curl small
and breathe
easier dead

Aching body

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