JANUS 2018 – Two Sedoka

2 Katauta = 1 Sedoka

The Katauta is an unrhymed Japanese form consisting of 17 or 19 syllables. The poem is a three-lined poem with syllable counts of: 5/7/5 or 5/7/7.   . . .   A single katauta is considered incomplete, or a half-poem . . . a pair of katautas using the syllable count of 5,7,7 is called a sedoka.

The Sedoka, therefore, can be defined as – an unrhymed poem made up of two three-line katauta with the syllable count of: 5/7/7, 5/7/7.   A Sedoka, pair of katauta as a single poem, may address the same subject from differing perspectives. 

Source – adapted from:  Shadow Poetry

Continuing my occasional efforts at attempting different poetic forms I offer two Sedokas of my own composition, both based on the advent of a new year, with prospects for new beginnings . . . 

 JanusIn ancient Roman religion and myth, Janus is the god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages, and endings. He is usually depicted as having two faces, since he looks to the future and to the past.  (Wikipedia)


JANUS 2018 – Two Sedoka

Yesterday has gone
Turn your face to the future
Let hope reign over regret

The future holds sway
Promises there are to keep
Let Love conquer dark despair


Look to the future
The past is history now
But remember its lessons

For they tell the truth
That what tomorrow will bring
Is what yesterday forgot


12 thoughts on “JANUS 2018 – Two Sedoka

  1. A thoughtful and positive start to 2018 Roland and I hope it brings you all you hope for. I have never come across these forms before and look forward to trying them.

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  2. Roland, thank you for this wonderful post this morning. Both intellectually and emotionally you lift me up. First the superb drawing of the God Janos, an absolute delight. You are gifted.
    The two Sedokas are filled with truth and strength and st the same time optimism drives them forward.
    I particularly love the second with its positive outlook.
    May we go forward in the new year with confidence and yet remembering the lessons we learnt. Yes, how I agree and needed these words you give.
    May your year reflect these words

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