Jisei setting sun

thousand scattered clouds

ablaze in sun’s wave goodnight,

beautiful indeed:

how in the blink of an eye

this moment shall pass me by.

©Namratha Varadharajan


POETRY TYPE: JISEI

JISEI is a type of Japanese Poetry also known as the DEATH POEM. It was usually written by poets contemplating their imminent death. It usually was reflective in nature and tacked subjects like impermanence of life. It usually was written in the waka or tanka 5 line format. Some also utilized the 3-line haiku.

Here, I have used the Tanka, which can be read in two parts with the third line as a pivot i.e read the first 3 lines separately or the last 3 lines separately and it should make sense. Also, the tone of the poem changes from an observance of a scene in nature(1-3) to a reflection of one’s life(3-5).


INSPIRATION/CAUSE OF THE DAY: AASRA

Poem ON AASRA
Source: http://www.aasra.info

With the rise in mental illnesses with depression as the forerunner, voluntary organizations like AASRA are the need of the hour. These call-centre based suicide prevention and depression support helplines provide a listening ear to all those in need. Here is their helpline number:

24×7 Helpline: 91-22-27546669


For each letter this April, I shall be presenting a poem inspired by ‘something’ that is making our world a little bit kinder, a little bit greener. The ‘something’ is a mix of people, movements, thoughts, or organizations who are having a positive influence on the world around us. Read all the other posts in ‘Poetry For A Cause’ series by linking the button below.

“CHANGE BEGINS WITH AWARENESS”

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5 thoughts on “Setting Sun: Jisei Inspired by AASRA #AtoZChallenge2018 #BlogChatterA2Z #NaPoWriMo

  • April 21, 2018 at 9:54 pm
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    Thank you Namratha for letting us know about Aasra. And I loved this poem. Beautifully captures the philosophy of life 🙂

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  • April 21, 2018 at 10:44 am
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    Beautifully penned. Life is ephemeral.
    I remember writing my epitaph, wasn’t feeling suicidal, just like a death poem.

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    • April 21, 2018 at 11:16 am
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      I also wrote at one point what I would like as a epitaph for a prompt. I have been wanting to try out this form for awhile now, so took this opportunity

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  • April 21, 2018 at 10:35 am
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    I’m glad you are supporting Aasra with your beautiful poem of the day.

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  • April 21, 2018 at 7:47 am
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    Suicide prevention is important work. Glad you are supporting Aasra and drawing our attention to it. The poem is of course lovely too.

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