SIJO on SIJO

SIJO ON SIJO – Parody
To be sung to the tune of the song Biko by Peter Gabriel, with thanks and apologies to composer and performer, and honour to human rights martyr Stephen Biko.
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Back in seventy seven, – I first learned about Sijo. (14)
A form of po’try from Korea; I thought I’d give it a go. (16)

Oh sijo, sijo, o-oh write sijo, sijo.
Oh sijo, sijo, o-oh write sijo, sijo.

Constructed in three sentences, divided into two lines. (15)
The beauty of the Sijo is, it doesn’t have to rhyme. (14)

Oh sijo, sijo, o-oh write sijo, sijo.
Oh sijo, sijo, o-oh write sijo, sijo

Syllable counts aren’t rigid, for any sentences you write. (15)
Fourteen, fifteen or sixteen – whatever you choose is alright. (15)

Oh sijo, sijo, o-oh write sijo.
Oh sijo, sijo, o-oh write sijo, sijo.
[repeat refrain to fadeout]
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Underlined vowels above are where to place the stressed (accented) beat to fit the music. That one hyphen shows where the singer “holds” or waits for the next beat.
Following is in the actual Sijo form.
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Back in seventy seven –
I first learned about Sijo. (14)
A poetry form from Korea;
I thought I’d give it a go. (16)
Constructed in three sentences,
divided into two lines. (15)

Syllable counts aren’t rigid,
for any sentences you write. (15)
Fourteen, fifteen or sixteen –
whatever you choose is alright. (15)
The beauty of the Sijo is
it doesn’t have to rhyme. (14)

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