Stones that line the path,
though they bruise and cut my feet,
keep me from the mire,
strengthen me with every step,
hasten me to journey’s end.
Wa = Japanese
Ka = poem
Waka consists of three units, with the syllabic pattern of 5-7-5-7-7.
The first two lines (5-7) treat one subject.
The second two lines (5-7) treat another subject.
The last line (7) is a refrain or paraphrase.
The first two lines are a dependent clause, while the last three are independent.
This was my attempt at a Waka, although I am not entirely sure I got it right. I have not seen any examples of this form, nor do I know how to treat two separate subjects in a compound sentence; but I did at least create a shift in perspective from the dependent portion to the independent portion.
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