March Writing Challenge | Day 23

Today I have written a lesser known form of Japanese poetry, a sedoka. A sedoka poem is a call and response poem. It is two love poems put together, made up of two katauta verses. In the first verse one lover poses a question to their love. The second verse is the partner’s reply, also written as a katauta. A katauta is a verse which has a 5-7-5 or 5-7-7 pattern and is often called incomplete when alone. I learnt about these forms of poetry here.

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I’m sorry my love,
But I did not forget you.
Can you forgive me?

You flew like a dove,
Away. But you came back too.
Past this, for you, I can see.

Translation:

Sorry I left.

It’s okay.