X for Xiaoshi #NaPoWriMo2021


Xiaoshi,(xiao – little/small, shi – poetry) is a genre of Chinese poetry which came into being in the 1920s from the so called “short poetry movement’. It is also known as the ‘Chinese Haiku‘. Xiaoshis are about presenting vivid yet unconnected images together. These metaphors or pictures just have to have a tiny bit of causality. This form is usually written as a quatrain.

For more on this form, read – “Japanese haiku and the formation of Chinese short poetry

Here’s an example I wrote :-

A purple frown
Her moral jewellery under lock
The rust browned key
A gift from a past lover.

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