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Mondo Grove Monday

Mon May 27, 2013, 2:14 PM
What is a Mondo?

A Mondo is a Japanese poetic form that is written in Katuata. Katuata consist of 17 or 19 sound units, or Onji. In the English language this would roughly translate into 17 or 19 syllables. Each line of a Katuata is broken up into either 5 or 7 Onji, and the entire poem (the Mondo), consists of a pair of Katuata in two stanzas. What makes the Mondo special though, are two key elements:

:bulletgreen: The first Katuata is a question; the second is an answer to the question.
:bulletgreen: A Mondo is only considered a Mondo when one poet writes the first Katuata and another writes the second Katuata; otherwise, it's considered a Sedoka.

Example (Nichrysalis and TwilightPoetess):


When are dandelions in
focus if not on
the blur of the wind?

When the sunlight—breaking free—
falls on the dandelions
growing around your heart.



The purpose of a Mondo is to leave you thinking about the question asked, even with an answer. With that said, here is your mission!

:bulletgreen: In the comments, answer the question below with a Katuata of your own.
:bulletgreen: Write one more Katuata below your first, this time posing a question for other commenters to respond with their own Katuata too.
:bulletgreen: Make sure to include an element of nature in both of your Katuata!

:bulletred: Respond in this fashion to all comments you reply to and we'll create a Mondo Grove!





If a young boy can
climb rocks that he makes mountains,
what did he overcome?



*adapted from Sedoka by Ryter Roethicle






Some things to keep in mind when posting:

Each stanza you post is meant to be limited to three lines and needs to include an element of nature (usually an image). In addition, each line can either have 5 syllables or 7, but must include both, meaning the total syllable count can't go over 19 or under 17, leaving a total of 6 combinations to choose from when writing each stanza (known as a Katuata).

17 syllables:

7/5/5
5/7/5
5/5/7

19 syllables:

5/7/7
7/5/7
7/7/5

A Mondo is a Japanese poetic form that is written in Katuata. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to answer the question below with a Katuata of your own and write one more Katuata below your first, this time posing a question for other commenters to respond to. Be sure to include an element of nature in both of your Katuata!
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner May 29, 2013   General Artist
His small mountain has
prepared him for the future
for which he cannot control.

~

What makes the wind howl
when the day is clear, and
when clouds do not cry?
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Riemea Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really awesome! It's pretty hard for me to write something limited by syllables, but I'll try nevertheless :la: (Excuse me if I miscount the syllables, English is not my first language.)

His own little rocks
are nothing compared to the
mountains life will throw his way.

~

Deep down in the sea
of your dreams caught in black ink,
what is it you see?


I think I could come up with a Katuata in Japanese as well :lol:
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:iconstory-of-a-mind:
Story-of-a-Mind Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
a mass of letters
piled up like dropped autumn leaves
yet to be sorted.

~

How could god create
a living breathing planet
without a proper sample?

(Your syllables seemed correct to me. But English is not my first language either, so who am I to tell? I liked your two pieces, by the way.)
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:iconriemea:
Riemea Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe we are the sample
absolutely
unaware of our fate.


~

What leaves bands of red
and orange in the night sky
dancing in the wind?


(Thank you! I like your two pieces as well :))
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:iconstory-of-a-mind:
Story-of-a-Mind Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
untainted wishes
of those who are still able
to dream in colour.

~

If your native tongue
is the source of your own thoughts
then what is the second one?

(I count 4 syllables for "absolutely" and 6 for "unaware of our fate", because I think all the "e"s are silent ones in these lines. But as said before it is not my mother language either, so I am not sure... )
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DrippingWords Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Student Writer
He has overcome nothing
save for the mountains
blocking his own mind.

~

Why do the willows
weep though they are shining in
the break of the day?
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner May 29, 2013   General Artist
I really love that one. :heart:
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:icondrippingwords:
DrippingWords Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Student Writer
Thanks!
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013   General Artist
:heart:
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:icondrippingwords:
DrippingWords Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student Writer
:love:
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