How to Write a Kimo Poem

The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music, and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable. Dancing is poetry with arms and legs.            – Charles Baudelaire

Today I would like to share with you a how to write a poem. I haven’t done one of these in a while, but I do enjoy doing these.

So, I thought that today would be a good day to do that.

Today I want to share with you the Israeli form of the haiku called the kimo.

Unfortunately I’m not able to find the history of how this poem was invented. All that I can find is that it is an Israeli poem, and I already said that. . .

So, I guess that means that I should actually tell you how to write it!

This is a three line poem with the first line having ten syllables, the second seven syllables, and the last line six syllables.

It looks like this (except normally it has real words):

La la la la la la la la la la
la la la la la la la
la la la la la la

Also, normally it’s not a single syllable repeated over and over again.

This is a non-rhyming poem. So, if you like your poetry to rhyme, this might not be the poem for you, but if you enjoy doing more syllable based poems like haikus this is very similar.

The last thing that you should know about this poem before we try writing them is that this is usually a frozen picture. There is no movement in this poem. It’s like a photograph.

Now that we’ve talked about what a kimo poem is let’s go over writing one.

The first thing to do is decide upon a topic. I’d suggest finding something that is very vivid in your mind, or perhaps something that you can actually see right now. My topic is my memory of riding the merry-go-round when I was little.

The next step is to describe that picture, topic, that you chose. Use as many words as you need. It will be shorten in the actually poem.

Here’s what I wrote for my description: I sit high upon a milk-white stead. A princess galloping through her country. Going up and down, around and around. Hoping that it will never end.

Once you get your description written, read through. Start thinking about how you could make it into a poem.

Then start playing with it, until it follows the syllabic pattern. If you have to tweak it a bit more than that to make it sound right go ahead.

Work with it until you are happy with it. Or if you are a perfectionist, maybe don’t work on it that long because if you did it might never be done.

So, here is my kimo poem once it was finished (or as finished as it’s going to be):

Merry-go-round Memory

Sitting high upon the milk white stead, a
princess riding through her land.
Up and down. Round and round.

That’s my kimo poem. It took me a little while to get right, but if you play around with the words enough it seems to work together.

I hope that this will inspire you to write a kimo poem of your own. They are not that difficult and they are fun. If you like writing haikus, this could be a good poem for you to try, and even if you don’t like writing haikus this might be a type of poem that you would like.

I hope that you will give this relatively unknown poem a try!

I’d love to read them if you do end up writing one!

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