Sunday (Jemaiku)

Sunday, ah - the rest and peace
unimportant - time
These are all my hours to spend
with choice and fancy
whim and nonchalance
For the pleasures of my choice
until evening comes


[A ‘Jemaiku’ is a Japanese-inspired poetic form of my own design; a seven-line non-rhyming stanza with a syllabic sequence of 7-5-7-5-5-7-5].

Jemaiku for Monday rain

2 of 7 in “The Syllabic series 22′ from Jemverse

As dawn breaks Monday morning
greeting silent world
I avoid the fresh puddles
and breathe the new day
filling my whole with its zest
a sustenance here


[Jemaiku is a Japanese-inspired non-rhyming poetic form of my own design with a syllabic sequence of 7 – 5 – 7 – 5 – 7 – 5]

Sunshine IX (jemaiku)

It is just like a tonic
one full to the brim
with magical qualities
to restore the soul
and rekindle brighter things
for more tomorrows


Photo – Emily Rose Croucher

[jemaiku is a Japanese-inspired 6-line poetic form in a non-rhyming syllabic sequence of 7/5/7/5/7/5]

Jemaiku II (change)

There's a change coming this week
apprehension looms
something there of the unknown
tinged with excitement
and fortune favours the bold
so there I will tread


Photo – Jempics

A ‘Jemaiku’ is a poetic form of my own design; a six-line non-rhyming stanza with a syllabic sequencing of 7,5,7,5,7,5

Jemaiku #1

Syllabic sequence crafted
something that I love
for poetic syntax here
in verse to cherish
and to capture life's essence
in just a few words


Photo – Jempics

I have long held a deep admiration, respect and fascination with the ancient art of both Japanese and Haitian poetry; specific syllabic sequencing to form short thematic poems. Some for purpose, some for pleasure, some for the simple joy of words. So I thought I’d develop my own, and here’s the first. I’ve called it ‘Jemaiku’ (Pro: “jem-eye-coo”), a six-line non-rhyming stanza with a syllabic sequence of 7, 5, 7, 5, 7, 5.

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