Jump to content
Poetry Magnum Opus
Sign in to follow this  
Tinker

Kouta

Recommended Posts

Tinker

Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry
Japanese Verse

The Kouta 小唄 (little or short song) is a popular Japanese verse form of the Muromachi Period, 14th thru 16th century.  The lyrical song was resurrected as a Geisha song in the late 1800s and is still popular today. The form has several variations, though always short in only 4 lines a 5th line is sometimes is added.  The theme reflects ordinary life and often uses colloquialisms and onomatopoeia.  The most popular are love songs.  The elements of Kouta are:

  1. a poem in 4 lines. (an occasional 5th line may appear)
  2. a stand alone poem but often is accompanied by other Koutas with the same theme.
  3. syllabic, variable odd numbered syllable lengths, the most common patterns are written in lines of alternating 7-5-7-5 syllables or 7-7-7-5 syllables. 
  4. secular, personal, themes of ordinary life
  5. often includes onomatopoeia.
     
    Is it possible 
    He knows how much I love him?            
    Perhaps my pillow,
    Only my woven pillow,
    Knows the secret of my heart.
    I slammed my shakuhachi,
    Though it was not to blame,
    against my pillow,
    Poor pillow!
     ~~from the Kokinshū (late 16th century) found in a series of "pillow poems"
                              translated by Harold Keene

     

    I will not hear the phone ring.                   
    No more of his lies
    nor his smooth apologies,
    the ringing will stop.
                      ~~jvg
    I wait for the phone to ring,
    his expected call is late.
    What tale will he tell this time?
    The ringing begins.
                         ~~jvg



    Three small sisters dressed alike
    in pink polka dots on white.
    Ribbons tie blonde pony tails,
    "Smile girls, be polite."
                                    --jvg

Source:


~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

For permission to use this work you can write to Tinker1111@icloud.com

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Tinker

Click, clicking from the keyboard
small song shows on screen,
sound and touch of the Kouta,
sharing daily life.
                   ~~jvg
 


~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

For permission to use this work you can write to Tinker1111@icloud.com

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Tinker

Buried under work schedule,
slammed with commitments.
Calming remedy is found
at Poet's Café.

This weeks simple assignment,
familiar verse form,
syllabic with sonic boom,
slides from my fingers.
                       ~~jvg


~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

For permission to use this work you can write to Tinker1111@icloud.com

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Guidelines.