‘Dusk Sighs Softly Once More’ Sijo

  • February 8, 2021
(Courtesy of Wikipedia)

Young palm fronds peer over the fairy-glass waves of the turtle tarn

Parallel golden strips lower themselves into the mirror pond

Not a ripple in sight — a mask-draped chelonia sleeps inside

*Explanation: The third line is about a turtle, or more specifically, an endangered sea turtle (which is a type of chelonia), that had died after eating a littered mask.

Fun fact: the sea turtle’s scientific name is chelonia mydas. The mask is “draped” over the turtle like a makeshift shroud. The carcass would have polluted the waters, which explains why there are no other turtles or any other living creatures.

**A sijo is a Korean verse form related to haiku and tanka that consists of three lines of 14-16 syllables each, for a total of 44-46 syllables (Poetry Foundation). 

***Inspiration from Descanso Gardens (without the deceased turtle part)

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