Katauta – Churning Sea

Churning Sea

lean hands caressing
along my back as I laid
speaking of your love

whispered words caress
you murmur in my ear – love
the churning sea visits us

The Katauta is an unrhymed japanese form consisting of 17 or 19 syllables. The poem is a three-lined poem the following syllable counts: 5/7/5 or 5/7/7.

The Katauta form was used for poems addressed to a lover. A single katauta is considered incomplete or a half-poem, however, a pair of katautas using the syllable count of 5,7,7 is called a sedoka.

Written for Poet’ Corner.

2 thoughts on “Katauta – Churning Sea

    • I was happy to find the form too! The japanese seem to change their forms by changing their subjects … the katuata (stanzas) are usually always 5-7-7 or 5-7-5 syllables…and they don’t rhyme…at least as far as I can tell.


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