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Iroha Mokigusari

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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry
Japanese Poetry

Iroha Mokigusari is a kind of Japanese Alphabet Poem. The Iroha Mokigusari takes the acrostic alphabet poem another step, beginning and ending each line with sequential letters of the alphabet The structure is flexible but usually will follow some form of the alternating 5-7 lines.


answers, terse and glib
cause reactions best unsaid
even off the cuff
growling, complaining too much
insensitive hadj
keening, sounding the death knell
mourning in the rain
objecting with a loud clap
quelling a mad war
stone silence defies combat
unwelcoming spiv
who prey on the opposite sex
yell NO! Take a whiz!

(I won't even put my initials on this one. If you are laughing, you try it….)

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