The Kouta 小唄 (little or short song) is a popular Japanese verse form of the Muromachi Period, 14th thru 16th century. The lyrical song was resurrected as a geisha song in the late 1800s and is still popular today.
The form has several variations, though always short in only 4 lines, a 5th line is sometimes added.
The elements of Kouta are:
- a poem in 4 lines. (an occasional 5th line may appear)
- a standalone poem, but its often is accompanied by other Koutas with the same theme.
- syllabic, variable odd numbered syllable lengths, the most common patterns are written in lines of alternating 7-5-7-5 syllables or 7-7-7-5 syllables.
- secular, personal, themes of ordinary life.
- often include onomatopoeia (defined above).
These are inspired by a day I spent with old friends and we blew bubbles in the sun!
The poem below on this theme appears in my soon to be released poetry, photography and flash fiction book, Do What you Love Fragility of Your Flame.
OLD FRIENDS PLAY WITH BUBBLES
Do What You Love Fragility of Your Flame Poems, Photography & Flash Fiction is a personal poetry collection celebrating how the fates may have a part in all that we do.
With special poems and short reflective moments inspired by family, flowers and nature, love, scrumptious morsels, places I’ve visited, lived and intend to live in, the friendships and hopes I have for the future.
The overarching theme is to live a life well lived… And to do what you love.
Release Date: 25th November 2022, able to preorder via the following links.
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Reviews And Features:
I am thrilled to say that two of my poetry collections, (Mr. Sagittarius and Lockdown Innit,) have been requested by prestigious libraries in the UK: The British Library, The Bodleian Library Oxford University, the Cambridge University Library, National Library of Scotland, National Library of Wales and Trinity College Dublin for Legal Deposit.
Add the book to your TBR: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/63114445-do-what-you-love
The cover of the paperback and kindle have been designed by Colleen Chesebro who has a new service for authors which I can highly recommend. Colleen also designed the interior and cover of The Hedge Witch And The Musical Poet.
Other poetry/flash fiction collections:
The Hedge Witch And The Musical Poet
Mr. Sagittarius Poetry and Prose
Anthology – This Is Lockdown, (poetry, diaries and flash fiction – kindle)
Poetry during Lockdown – Lockdown Innit
Poetry also features in my highly acclaimed YA Fantasy series. Each chapter begins with a short poem. The Curse of Time Book 1 Bloodstone and Book 2 Golden Healer are published by Next Chapter Publishing.