Start Somewhere

 I run my days in such haste
No one thought has time to land
Barely having time to care
I must start somewhere

A still pool of water calls
With a dare to simply glance
A tired me shimmers there
I must start somewhere

Natural needs pushed aside
My all to all but me
For the sake of my welfare
I must start somewhere

I free my mind of clutter
Donate a moment to peace
In awe find a moment spare
I will start with prayer

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Today’s Form:  The Kouta

Kouta – KOH-OU-TA (Japanese: little song) A broad classification for several varieties of short songs from traditional to popular which is most often associated with the songs made popular in the pleasure quarters of Edo (old Tokyo) where they were often composed and sung by geisha to the accompaniment of the shamisen.

Kouta has two forms, both four lines. The first has a syllable count of 7-5-7-5, and the other has a count of 7-7-7-5.

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8 thoughts on “Start Somewhere

  1. I free my mind of clutter
    Donate a moment to peace
    In awe find a moment spare
    I will start with prayer…prayer is often where that peace starts for me as well…and knowing i dont have to carry it myself…

  2. Such an interesting form—Kouta. I like the way you work it and I wonder if the form lends itself to very Zen-like imagery: “No one thought has time to land – A still pool of water – Natural needs pushed aside – free my mind of clutter – Donate a moment to peace”. Indeed so focused on insight, understanding and quietness. Thank you, Raivenne.

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