NaPoWriMo Day 20 : We shall Overcome

Our (optional) prompt for the day is to write a sijo. This is a traditional Korean poetic form. Like the haiku, it has three lines, but the lines are much longer. Typically, they are 14-16 syllables, and optimally each line will consist of two parts – like two sentences, or a sentence of two clauses divided by a comma. In terms of overall structure, a sijo functions like an abbreviated sonnet, in that the first line sets up an inquiry or discussion, the second line continues the discussion, and the third line resolves it with a “twist” or surprise. For more on the sijo, check out the primer here and a long list of examples in English, here.

With the increasing number of covid cases, deaths, lack of hospital beds and situations returning to what they were a year ago, it’s hard to think of anything else. So, I wrote a sijo based on the current happenings. All three lines have 16 syllables as per the rules.

My sijo – We shall overcome

We’re reeling headlong into an abyss, sucked into a whirlpool
Our bodies the trojan horse, transporters of the devil, play host
Do not be fooled, we are building our weapons, we shall overcome.

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10 responses to “NaPoWriMo Day 20 : We shall Overcome”

  1. Andrea Stephenson Avatar

    A powerful response Smitha.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      I keep telling myself this. We just have to. Thank you for reading Andrea. I love receiving your comment on my writing.

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  2. Sangbad Avatar

    Clap clap clap…wah

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thanks so much😊

      Like

  3. robbiesinspiration Avatar

    This is a very good poem, Smitha, and this Korean form is interesting and new to me.

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  4. Ananda Avatar

    Ofcourse we shall ❤️

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you Ananda for believing it too. We need to stay positive. And thank you for reading 🙂

      Like

  5. SelmaMartin Avatar

    Yes, overcome we will. We need to keep a positive mindset. Your poem put me right in that place. Thanks for sharing. Keep going. I wish you miracles.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you Selma for reading and believing and your words filled with positivity. We need to hang in there.. all of us…together. I wish you miracles too.

      Liked by 1 person

    2. Smitha V Avatar

      I’m unable to visit your site. I get the message that you need to approve it.

      Liked by 1 person

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