General Poetry posted April 21, 2021 Chapters:  ...19 20 -21- 22... 

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A chapter in the book Sunnilicious' NaPoWriMo, April 2021

The Vase

by sunnilicious

Pretty vase,
Sits all alone,
On the table;

Without Flowers;
Everyone looks...
I must pick some.

Change of mind,
My garden looks great.
I buy flowers
for the vase.


Writing Prompt, Day 20: Write a Sijo Poem. The syllable count requirements can be written per line or as a stanza, (Theme 3-4-4-4, Elaboration 3-4-4-4, Counter theme 3-5 with Conclusion 4-3). The poetic story should have 3 lines or 3 stanzas with 4-lines each.

EXAMPLE: excerpt from "Song of my five friends"
Yun Seondo (1587-1671)

You ask how many friends I have? Water and stone, bamboo and pine. (2-6-4-4)
The moon rising over the eastern hill is a joyful comrade. (2-4-4-6)
Besides these five companions, what other pleasure should I ask? (2-5, 5-3)

NOTE 1: I wrote Sijo's before, however, incorrectly. I studied the NaPoWriMo prompt and thought about it to understand the technique fully. Late entry, but a true poetic sijo submission.

NOTE 2: I don't have a garden of my own yet.. And have been known to pick random flowers. However, I have broken that childhood habit... So, I buy a bunch at least once a month at the grocery store(s) or florist(s).

1) National Poetry Writing Month April 2021, Day 20 -
2) The Sejong Cultural Society, Basic Guide To Writing Sijo -
3) How Many Syllables -

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