Ronovan Writes SIJO Wednesday Poetry Challenge #51. Use PATIENCE as your inspiration this week.

I’ve learned patience, a lot. Apparently in my early adulthood I was incredibly patient as a teacher and then as a manager. In the personal life, well, I think it was the lack of others consideration of time that worked my last nerve. But I was still patient. Until for about 5 seconds I wasn’t. Then the patience would start over.

Maybe I felt young people still needed to learn things just as employees needed to learn, but adults knew to be on time, or at least knew what time was.

These days I’ve learned to be patient with myself in my memory loss, my health not allowing the things I once could do without thinking. And now taking care of my 70 year old mother while having to live an hour away from my family. A mother who I haven’t been close to in a very long time, nor have many memories of.

I am patient in the delay of my writing career.

And now my patience is being tried by a 6 month old Sheltie puppy, who is at this moment wondering what is in my pocket… nothing… but he is ever hopeful.

And yes, he likes being held like that, but only by my son and me.

Son and Sheltie
Zach and Stetson. You guess which is which.

“I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature.” – Paulo Coelho

Use the above links to discover the various interpretations of the word of the week. Don’t limit yourself to the first one that comes to mind. Expand your thinking.

A new form of poetry for us to try. Yes, the Décima Challenge has come to an end after 100 weeks.

Now we have the Sijo, a Korean form believed to have first been used in the fourteenth century. It is similar in structure to various Japanese forms such as Haiku. As with many forms of poetry, the Sijo became a preferred poetry form of the yangban or ruling class as well as royalty. They were written in Chinese and were originally short songs set to music. The focus of the Sijo is usually nature and contemplation. We’ll try that to begin with.

You should use the word in the title of this post as your inspiration as either a theme of the Sijo or in the poem itself.

There are:

  • Three Lines
  • 14-16 syllables per line
  • A total of 44-46 syllables for the entire poem.

To know how many syllables in a particular word try

  • The first line of the Sijo usually sets the theme.
  • The second line elaborates on the first line.
  • The third line brings the poem matter to a close.

The setting can be nature, a favorite season, or some event of your day. Something, as I mentioned above that can be contemplative in nature.

Within each of the three lines there is usually a pause. You can hear it in the example below. The bold sections are the parts after the pause, or at least as I read/hear them. Reading your Sijo out loud will help with using the correct form.

The following example is considered the oldest Sijo in existence,

The spring breeze melted snow on the hills then quickly disappeared.
I wish I could borrow it briefly to blow over my hair
And melt away the aging frost forming now about my ears.

If I’m counting right there are 15 syllables per line. I think that would be a good target but the pattern is up to you, as per the generally held thoughts on the matter.


As with all of the challenges that have been hosted here be sure to;

  1. Copy and past your URL into the comments below so other poets can visit and read your
  2. You can also put the link of this challenge in your post to let your followers know where to go if they want to participate. This is called a Pingback. This is not mandatory to join in or to put your post link in the comments. Click HERE to find out how to do a Pingback.
  3. Reblogging is great as well.

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12 thoughts on “Ronovan Writes SIJO Wednesday Poetry Challenge #51. Use PATIENCE as your inspiration this week.

  1. The News Watcher
    When one wakes to the dark of news, the unrelenting stories,
    a Greek train crash, poisoned school girls in Iran, tempests of death,
    one cannot be merely patient with the need for a better world.

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