NaPoWriMo 2021 #20 – Korean Sijo

Sijo are written in three lines, each averaging 14-16 syllables for a total of 44-46 syllables. Each line is written in four groups of syllables that should be clearly differentiated from the other groups, yet still flow together as a single line. When written in English, sijo may be written in six lines, with each line containing two syllable groupings instead of four. Additionally, as shown in the example below, liberties may be taken (within reason) with the number of syllables per group as long as the total syllable count for the line remains the same. However, it is strongly recommended that the third line consistently begin with a grouping of three syllables.

They promised us a cure,
but the vaccine makes us sicker.
So now what’s the solution?
Is there a way out of this madness?
Meanwhile, elected officials
Need to STFU about that trial.

I am ready to de-mask.
The big guy can’t protect the children –
Wants to be judge and jury –
yet plagiarized his way through law school.
Never forget what they did,
How they sold our freedom for a song.

Let’s never forget what they’ve done –
They sold our freedom for a song.
It needn’t all weave together –
But a stitch in time saves nine.
I really don’t mind staying at home,
It’s all in how you frame it.

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