During NaPoWriMo last month, one of the prompts given challenged poets to write a Sijo. Since I have never attempted one, I found an old two sentence story to rework so I could spend time focusing on the form. Now I’m able to look at the original flash fiction verses the new poem, and ponder which version works better.
Original Flash Fiction:
The church is quiet as I light the last candle in the row, closing my eyes and murmuring a desperate prayer. A cold whisper of a draft blows against my neck, and when I open my eyes, my candle is the only one lit.
I choose a candle to light in the quiet church, closing my eyes
I murmur a desperate prayer, a cold draft whispers it’s response
I open my eyes, my candle is the only one still lit
I like the poem that resulted, but I think I prefer the original flash fiction. Either way, trying the same idea in different formats is a fun way to find what works best.
Nice! Both are good… How do you write a Sijo?
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This page from the NaPoWriMo site gives good instructions. I think coming up with the twist at the end is the biggest challenge!