The Naga-Uta

Another Japanese poetry format for longer poems.  The form is alternating lines of five and seven syllables, with the poem ending in an extra seven-syllable line.  There is no restriction on the repetition of the 5-7 lines, and no requirement for rhyme or  rhythm,  other than the syllable beat.

I have written the following as an example:


The Paradox of Personal Time

I search the shore line
for solidified tree tears
looted from the past
by wind’s wild surge and moon drag
frozen honey gems
eclipsed by glistening sea stones
a message treasure
of ancient sun- warmed resin
with trapped lives mid-stride
known, unknown, hunter- seekers.

The warmth touches me
but my moment won’t  travel
for nothing will retain me.




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