Meet the Katauta
The Katauta is a short romantic poem addressed to a lover and is similar to other Japanese forms such as the haiku, somonka, and sedoka. A katauta asks a question, but since the question remains unanswered, it’s sometimes considered more of a half-poem.
Form: A short three-line poem, typically untitled
Content: Addressed to a lover and asks a question
Syllable Count: usually 5-7-7, but sometimes 5-7-5
Untitled Katauta, by Robert Lee Brewer
why do winter stars
shine brighter than summer stars
as if they are shards of glass?
An Original Katauta
my love, will we rise
up against this wave of hate,
or will we stay here in bed?
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