NaPoWriMo: Days 7, 8 & 9. Three sijo.


Having been ill for the last two and a half days, I have got behind with this “poem a day” business.

One of my fellow, “NaPoWriMoers” informed me I cannot miss a day without a doctor’s certificate…

So rather than bother an already over-worked member of the medical profession, I have just decided to write three poems today.

These are all “sijo”, a Korean form which pre-dates Haiku.

I just took three aspects of my day, and put them into the form.


1. Pins and thread, taking up hems on trouser legs of formal pants

Still not tall, but there you are, in suit and tie, such a man, yet

Still needing, minor adjustments, final touches, to the boy.


2. She is safe. Apparently. She is “very nice”. But what am I?

Dangerous.  A woman for limited times; specific needs.

Were I there, you would have laughter, and songs, and sex. All unsafe.


3. This illness has drawn me in to a kind of bleak solitude.

The pounding, numbs my hearing. The aches put limits on movement.

I am left, alone with pure life. A feeling thing. No more thoughts.





4 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo: Days 7, 8 & 9. Three sijo.

  1. Maybe it’s the ‘consumptive poet in the garret’ syndrome, but you seem to write your best poetry when you’re ill. Very good, all three, but especially number 1.

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