Contest entry for Oriental Poetry Contest Round 56
The elements of the Three-Five-Seven are:
1. written in 3 lines, however the 3 lines may be broken into 6 lines at the caesura.
2. measured, counting words not syllables, L1 6 words, L2 = 10 words, L3 = 14 words (Most Chinese words are mono syllabic, therefore syllable count would be the same as word count in Chinese. Worm has interpreted the criteria to allow for English words that carry more than one syllable.)
3. each line is broken mid way by caesura, L1 = 3, 3; L2 = 5,5 and L3 = 7,7. Thus the name Three-Five-Seven.
4. each line carries a parallel, the halves of the line reflect or answer each other.
Chilly Forecast by Judi Van Gorder 1-13-08
Cumulous clouds grey, winter sun hides,
wind whips from the north, unseen snow banks chill gusts.
How long must I endure the cold? Seasons pass too quickly while I grow old.
Ebb and flow, undulating yet incessant,
Never hesitating in its motion, rushing to kiss the shore.
Why can’t all lovers be as devoted? The sea will forever capture my heart.