Sijo: On The Shore

Two whippets playing between seaweed covered rocks at low tide

the tide sweeps out once more, leaves seaweeds resting in airs of Spring
among the joys of shell and stones, playful dogs and soaring gulls
it takes a while before the poem plucks me from the mountains

© Xenia Tran

Low tide on the Moray Firth

Happy Monday and much love to you all,
from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, setting: iA.

Kristjaan at Carpe Diem invites us to write a Sijo:

More ancient than haiku, the Korean Sijo shares a common ancestry with haiku, tanka and similar Japanese genres. All evolved from more ancient Chinese patterns. Sijo is traditionally composed in three lines of 14-16 syllables each, totalling between 44-46 syllables. A pause breaks each line approximately in the middle. The sijo may be narrative or thematic, introducing a situation or problem in line 1, development or “turn” in line 2, and resolution in line 3. The first half of the final line employs a “twist”: a surprise of meaning, sound, tone or other device. The sijo is often more lyrical, subjective and personal than haiku, and the final line can take a profound, witty, humorous or proverbial turn. Like haiku, sijo has a strong basis in nature.

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This poem features in Between Heather and Grass. If you haven’t read the book yet, feel free to take a peek inside:

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Author: whippetwisdom

The stories, poems and photographs on this blog are the original creative work of Xenia Tran. Inspired by life in the Scottish Highlands and in awe of nature she gives voice to the wisdom of her adopted and fostered whippets.

47 thoughts on “Sijo: On The Shore”

  1. I have never heard of a Sijo before. Thanks for sharing it’s origin and exactly what it is. Your photos are great. Looks like it has warmed up, since Pearl and Evior don’t have on coats. Happy Monday!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words and I thought I would share a bit of background as the Sijo is a form I was not familiar with either. It is lovely and warm here at the moment, 17C which to us feels like Summer! Happy Monday to you too and much love to you and Tippy ☺💖 xxx

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Cathy 💜 When I saw the Sijo prompt on Kristjaan’s blog it spoke to me instantly and the form fits well with the thoughts that come naturally when walking the dogs. I hope you have the good weather where you are and happy Monday to you too!☺💖 xxx

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Denis ☺ The Sijo form spoke to me instantly as this is the kind of thought that can spark a haiku for me. I love the brevity of the haiku and enjoyed exploring the thoughts that can evolve into a haiku.


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