Katauta

A Katauta is a Japanese form of question and answer. 5, 7, 7, syllables (or onji) the first two lines are questions the last the answer. Sometimes it is one question and two obscure answers. A Sedoka is similar but consists of two stanzas of 5, 7, 7 onji apiece. Often in English it is changed to syllables and formed as a question in the first stanza answered by the second.

Katauta

where have my dreams gone?
have I lost my shining heart?
I’ve looked away, they’re still here

Sedoka

when the world is cold
and shivering is an art
can fire warm without burning?

lost angels flee North
frozen in sublime posture
but their heart’s fire extinguished

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