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. All Rights Reserved.


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

  1. Andrea Stephenson Avatar

    A powerful response Smitha.

    Liked by 1 person

    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

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thanks so much😊


  3. robbiesinspiration Avatar

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


  4. Ananda Avatar

    Ofcourse we shall ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

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


  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.

    Liked by 1 person

    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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