Friday, March 25, 2022

Poetry Friday: It's Greek Japanese to Me (Ekphrastic Dodoitsu)

Creating together--it's our 2022 poetry theme. For March, we're exploring the Japanese form of dodoitsu, which is a four line poem that's syllable-based, using a 7-7-7-5 pattern. Thematically, the form often talks of love or work, using a comic twist to leaven its commentary. 

To make this challenge more communal, we each donated to a pool of off-beat photos, and wrote in response to as many of them as we wished.  (That's the ekphrastic part-- a Greek word describing "a vivid, often dramatic, verbal description of a visual work of art, either real or imagined.") 

I wrote two dodoitsu, one mentioning work, and both about love. 

(thanks to Mary Lee Hahn for the image)

(thanks to Liz Garton Scanlon for the image)

More wonderfully wry and vivid dodoitsu here: 


Poetry Friday is hosted today by The Poem Farm.