Magpie Feathers


Magpie feathers drop past the bedroom window in the fog.

The cat’s slim ribcage vibrates, in, out, lying grey on the pillow.

“I miss your sister,” I say, then think about how intense we were.



This poem was written in response to Carpe Diem Universal Jane #13 Sijo the Korean poem, another great prompt from Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. Chèvrefeuille explains that the Korean SIJO shares a common ancestry with haiku, tanka and similar Japanese genres. All evolved from more ancient Chinese patterns. Sijo is traditionally composed in three lines of 14-16 syllables each, totalling between 44-46 syllables. This is an entirely new form to me and I don’t pretend to understand the nuances of it at all 🙂

All of the poems in the link-up can be read here. And, to finish, here’s Chuck Berry –