General Poetry posted November 18, 2021

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Gogyohka for the Contest

Open Country

by Gypsy Blue Rose

day to day troubles

smother the soul

caged in a concrete jungle

as it begs for a trip

to the open country

where all the stars shine


GOGYOHKA contest entry


GOGYOHKA is a free-style Japanese poetic form with no strict rules on length or syllables count but as brief as possible, usually five or six lines. Use a picture and word imagery. Any subject. Lines are grammatically connected. Alliteration, personification, metaphor are okay but never rhymes. Japanese poets have written free-style tankas since the Taisho period around the 1910s. However, they did not name the form until 1983 by poet Enta Kusakabe. wikipedia

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