Physical Engagement – Guest Post

I’ve been reading about different poetic forms in my Writer’s Digest. Today, I’d like to explore the Gogyohka form.

Gogyohka literally translates as “five-line poem,” and hails from Japan, developed by Enta Kusakabe. The rules are quite simple. The poem consists of verse written in five lines, but each line is a separate phrase. It is described as “having a different feel to five-line verse commonly found in Western poetry.” 

Here is a sample by the creator of the form, Enta Kusakabe:

What kind of
stained glass
have your
rose-coloured cheeks
passed through

It’s meant to be both concise and free. A compound or complex sentence is probably too long. The phrases may be seen as separate, but connect.

Here is my offering, inspired by a recent workout my coach named, “Fifty Shades of Pain.” Oh, yes!

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Physical Engagement

Standing tall
I drop my head
to curl small
and breathe
easier dead

Aching body
acetaminophen cured
strong enough
to climb mountains
on my mat

Slam down
the medicine
in a ball
rolling around
thrusting it out

Push up
that kettle to
slide against the wall
holding the squat
just a bit more

Fifty shades of pain
reward your body
with sweaty beads
glistening skin
a sea of sparkles

What about you? Do you have lines you’d like to share? Give it a go.

photo credit: ** via photopin (license)


Editor’s note: I asked Amy if she could do a regular gig here, and she was up for something monthly.  You’re all invited to participate, in a comment or ping-back.  If this poetry form, and a few more ahead, sound good for an official Link-Up, let us know.

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About Amy Reese

Mom, dancer, boot camp enthusiast, coffee addict, old soul. I like to write fiction and about life's unpredictable moments. Come visit The Bumble Files.

18 thoughts on “Physical Engagement – Guest Post

  1. Reblogged this on The Bumble Files and commented:

    I’m guest posting over at Adam’s blog, The Dependent Independent with a poem. We considered possibly doing a regular Link Up with poetry. If you’re interested, please let us know in the comments. If you like, you can share a few lines of poetry there, too. Thanks!

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    1. Excellent, Frank!! Look at you. You are, too, a poet!! I like this form because I like reading and seeing the phrases as separate. These are great all by themselves, too, and work beautifully woven together. Nice work!

      Thanks for playing along. 🙂

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