Varnika Karamcheti

14 Years

14 Years



War| Sedoka Poem by Varnika, 14, Bangalore

14-year-old Varnika from Bangalore introduces us to Sedoka form of poetry through this beautiful poem on war.

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I am Varnika! I am 14 years old and study at a school called Ohana, in Bangalore. I am not really a person that writes poems because I am not very good at writing short lines, but for the first time I gave it a shot and I wrote a Sedoka, I really enjoyed it and would love to write more in the future!

Do you know what a Sedoka is? It is a Japanese poem form inspired by the traditions of the katuata and mondo. Structurally each verse is similar to a haiku, at least to western eyes, consisting of 5-7-7 or 5-7-5 syllable structures. It differs from a similar mondo in that it is not a collaborative work, but instead a poem by a single poet.

Here is a Sedoka poem I wrote, titled War.



Smiles hidden under

Clouds of darkness took over

She cried at every bloodshed


Death and destruction

She went through pain and sadness

But, back to life after all



12 Responses

  1. Varnika s poem is very meaningful and thought provoking.Her expression is diligent and touched the heart


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