I - Imayo
Imayo is a Japanese form originally sung in a high voice. Have no fear, I did not put mine to music!
There are only three rules:
12 syllables in each line (You may pronounce some of the words differently than I, using one syllable where I use two, and vice versa. The way I say the words, the syllable count is correct!)
There is a pause, a split between the first 7 syllables and the last 5 in each line. (I saw this done by use of dashes, commas, or spaces. I used commas in mine, they could just as easily be dashes.)
The Sunshine Garden
Out in the sunshine garden, the one you built me,
I press seeds into the soil, burgundy cosmos,
zinnia and nasturtium, all your favorites.
Summer days will come and then, butterflies and bees.
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