I think of him
a soft breeze
over the pond
on the lawn
an eerie stage
we want so much
we forget to give
like stingy children
on a playground
in the arid
from rain clouds
is the Moon’s
in my sprinkler
spreads his wings
to the sun
*Gogyohka is a new form of Japanese short poetry,
founded and pioneered by Japanese poet Enta Kusakabe.
Gogyohka is pronounced go-gee-yoh-kuh
(the “g”s are hard as in “good”), and literally translated
means “five line poem”. Gogyohka is five lines of free verse
on any subject matter. There is no set syllable pattern,
however the poem should be short and succinct.
The goal is to compellingly capture an idea, observation,
feeling, memory, or experience in just a few words.