Can’t choose your family – Sedoka + Katauta

Every family

Has its innocence and quirks

All the inside jokes make sense
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Beneath this surface

Lies whispers of the unsaid

Tucked safely under covers
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When you can, forgive

If it gets too much, step back

Some things you can choose, not all.
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Dear readers,

A Katauta is a Japanese style of poetry which  is made up of 3 lines with the syllable count of 5-7-5 or 5-7-7. 

Two Katautas put together is known as a Sedoka. The difference between a Katauta and a Haiku, as far as I have read, is that a Katauta is usually addressed to a lover. Haikus are traditionally related to nature.

In a Sedoka, the two verses offer two different perspectives. In this poem, I have written the first two verses as a sedoka and the last verse as a katauta.

If you guys find any other differences, do let me know! Take care and have a good day ahead!

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