Love is Blind

A somonka.
The somonka is a Japanese form. In fact, it’s basically two tankas written as two love letters to each other (one tanka per love letter). This form usually demands two authors, but it is possible to have a poet take on two personas.


Oedipus

Love unrequited
Seems to be my destiny.
Why don’t you tell me
That you will reciprocate
The emotion that I feel?

Jocasta

Why such chimera
Should pervade your addled brain
I am loath to think.
Face up to it, Oedipus,
You have a complex, my son.

© Luigi Pagano

Originally published on May 12, 2003

 

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Gerry

Well I would say you did that pretty well Luigi — ‘Somonka Man’ 😉
Gerry.

Belcanto

Ha ha ha! Clever response, that, especially considering Freud came along so much later than these two 😀

Very interesting poetic form, Luigi. I quickly abandoned my own attempt at haiku in The Ninety Nine Percent, so admire your accomplishment 🙂 Well done!

Leila

ha ha very nicely done…Leila

Mitch

Ciao Luigi! A definite step up from long ago. I think you are your best when applying structured formats like this – classical references and multiple personalities means you can park your tankas on the lawn anytime! Mitch

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