The Last Thaw (a Korean Sijo poem)
That was the last frost of winter – the garden is singing.
Two birds are pulling a worm from the lawn – same worm, yet they pull.
I’m warm in your arms – hardly recall how this joy came to be.
Sijo is the classic form of unrhymed poetry in Korea. Sijo have three long lines. Each line varies between 14 and 16 syllables, with the middle line the longest. The first line states a theme, the second line counters it, and the third line resolves the poem.
for Day 20 Napowrimo: Write a Korean Sijo and PA’s AprilPAD: Write a Love or Anti-love poem, and shared with @Experimentsinfc #APoemADay on Twitter. Image is from the British Library Manuscript Archive © Misky 2021