The Dodoitsu is a form of Japanese poetry developed towards the end of the Edo Period. The subject of the Dodoitsu is usually work or love and they’re often written with a touch of humour.
The name literally means "quickly, city to city" probably so named for its rapid rise in popularity in the 1600s which was the beginning of Japan's "Modern Period". Like most Japanese poetry, the dodoitsu draws the emotion from the image.
It is syllabic, written in 26 onji (sound syllables), normally 4 lines of 7-7-7-5 syllables respectively. There is no rhyme or metre to the Dodoitsu.
Usually when I have such a short form I like to write more than one example. However, the Muse was not cooperating. I kept coming up with 6 syllable lines or 8 syllable lines – 7 did not seem to be my lucky number. However, I did manage to get one written, and I’ve supplemented it with two splendid examples I found on the web.
Storm clouds swiftly gathering
Lightning strikes and splits the sky
Sharp echoes fill me up with
I gaze at crystal water
and bright, mother-of-pearl gleam.
Stepping nearer, I skate on
unseen, green algae.
By Linda Visman
Memories stoked by twilight
have power to warm a chilled heart.
Dreams long buried, forgotten,
still breathe 'neath the stars.
By Susan Sonnen