Ben Gieske

In The Night - A New Day's Color (3 Sedoka) - Poem by Ben Gieske


The Sedoka is an unrhymed poem made up of two three-line katauta with the following syllable counts: 5/7/7,5/7/7. A Sedoka, pair of katauta as a single poem, may address the same subject from differing perspectives.


in the misty glen
lanterns float throughout the night
ghosts - the restless wanderers

a shriek in the night
an owl swoops hunting this night
what animal - source of fright


invading my sleep
your words mousing in the night
lips of light brushing my dream

I tasted new love
rising from an other self
fingering inner curtains


sun striking its blush
coloring the dawning sky
I know a new day’s color

a new promise born
spring’s murmurings rustling free
what koan* to wrestle today

*koan - a short, pithy but illogical statement, intended to free
the mind from its rational mode of thought. Zen masters used
these to help their student break into satori (enlightenment) .

- Feb.19,2008

Comments about In The Night - A New Day's Color (3 Sedoka) by Ben Gieske

  • (8/28/2009 11:57:00 PM)

    so many wonderful forms left to learn.... ahhhhh.. i love poetry! ! ! (Report) Reply

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  • (1/17/2009 8:12:00 AM)

    Thank you for another great lesson...must try this. (Report) Reply

  • (4/3/2008 3:38:00 AM)

    I enjoyed reading this Ben, great imagery, I look forwad to reading more of your work,
    Best wishes Lynda x
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Poem Submitted: Friday, March 28, 2008

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