An Unmet Kiss

There are so many forms of poetry, each with a name and a background. A katauta is a Japanese form that has three unrhymed lines, with a syllable scheme of 5/7/7 or 5/7/5 (the latter is the same as a haiku’s). According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, “the form was used for poems addressed to a lover, and a single katauta was considered incomplete or a half-poem. A pair of katautas of the 5,7,7 type were called a sedōka”. As such, I’ve taken the single katauta and turned it into an expression for the jilted lover.


You leave me throbbing

Bone deep ache emerging blue

a hand, left held up in the air.


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