Dodoitsu

A freezing time of the year –
Cold, lonely hearts remember
The days after the 14th
Chocolates on sale.


I figured I’d start things off with a simple Dodoitsu (都々逸「どどいつ」)

This is one of the many unknown forms of Japanese poetry. It’s subject material is usually about love or work, which is often presented in a humorous way. The syllable count, or number of “on” if it were written in Japanese, is typically 7-7-7-5 (26 “on” total) but it can be shorter. They also don’t necessarily need to include a seasonal word or theme, even though most Japanese poetry does include some nature reference.