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Recently, ILA offered the Dodoitsu poetry form to poets of our Facebook group. Out of the twenty entries, eight poets were chosen. Dodoitsu is a form with no meter or rhyme, though it contains specific syllabic requirements and consists of a four-lined stanza, the first three lines written in 7 syllables and the last line written in 5. This type of form often focuses on love, work, the unanticipated, nature or written in a comical twist. However, on our group, we gave the poets option to write whatever sparked their muse. Some wrote in rhyme, others did not. AUREOLE

Twinkles and guides the moon sky
Surreal beauty glows at night
Aureole shadow of dawn
Blinding light of sun

© Gloria Magallanes-Loeb

Warm feelings stir inside me
Fought daggers to win my heart
Kept your word or bid adieu
Stayed for decades more

© Gloria Magallanes-Loeb

Lofty words are lost in brume
as spindrift in a haze looms
I mull facing the ocean
and staring beyond

What if words are gagged and choked
shall I dash and free them all?
Is my weapon sharp enough?
Is my pen so tough?

Prisoners leaped, fled the scene
pounding hearts crying within
blank page a tough enemy
masked identity.

Writer's block thing of the past
words flow truly meant to last
Freed in literary form
its essence the norm.

© Rosemarie Miranda

Journey through a thousand miles
Daily bread a quest to find,
Through thick, thin, sweat, blood, fist, calm,
Tomorrow shall come.

Fiery coal he daily toils
Dawning on the daily hawk
Oily black the palm and feet,
Tomorrow shall come.

Dinner served with sweaty palm,
Love cheers on to keep mind calm,
Hoping though the worst had past,
Tomorrow shall come.

© Keshy Kayopen

Spirit of faithful friendship
above all relationships
Providing the life folder
stands as life saver

It gets esteem and respect
like flowing of the rivers
East to west the best sans wither
to quench thirst of love

Friendship, be on the top shelf
thinking of cordiality
Stands as hospitality
to spread life flavor

A virtue of amity
tosses to be an apex
of vigor, vitality
standing life builder © Prasanna Bhatta


Incandescence of a flame
Glowing in the brume of day
Tempers the heart's sheer coldness
A love gone astray

Steams of vagrant memories
Dampen the gloomy spirit
Like a spindrift of a wave Tossed, beaten and drained Heart can heal as time expires Pain and anguish fade like scars Rainbow appears, with a smile Love blooms eternal © Gus Perez Amio THE CLIMB Lofty mountain stands so tall, Breathless climb, ascending high, Brume surrounds, a misty shroud Nature's grand plaza. Spindrift whispers in the wind, Steps echo on rocky path, Mull over dreams with each stride, Summit's sweet reward. Eagle soars in boundless sky, A journey etched in footsteps, Lofty pines salute the brave, Nature's silent hymn. On the peak, a world revealed, Vista vast, dreams crystallize, Brume surrenders to the sun, Triumph in the climb. © Pina S. Imchen POIGNANT DREAMS What is the good in goodbye When there are tears in my eyes Mull about what is to come Goodbye memories My poignant dreams come alive Seeing you from a distance Your shadow lost in the mist Gone-never looked back © Dolo Rez THE RISK TAKER She mulled things over before She decided to walk in The lofty chain of mountains Despite the spindrift. And the brume shrouding the roads To discover what's beyond The happy ancestral lands Of her family. © Gheorge Laura TWO BATTLES What's your battle song today? Things that wake you everyday Push an extra mile away Get by for a day Under scorching of the sun I plowed and toiled barren land There's spindrift of having fun Life has become bland Into the depths of the sea Cast my line and net today None in the basket you'll see Its Gods holiday What's the sound of your battle? It seems like lofty to fall Drag you into a long mile While it stays worthwhile Confined trapdoor cubicle Sky-scraper in cold marble Slave to whims and caprices Dance with rat races There's always a place I know Buffalos roam, cows can moo Cicada sings at sunset Smell the night time whiff Fireflies dance the fandango Foxes howl heard the echo The owls hooting eerily Dismal cold wind rips It's the breath of stars I wait Cloudless sky only moonlit When darkness covers the earth I loosen my faith What's your life's best symphony? Hear heaven's cacophony In the borrowed time and space Find the grail of peace Ask me now what's my anthem Still haven't found the rhythm Surely like what I have said Sleep well when I'm dead. © Floyd Gale Cabus

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