The Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal has created a new poetry form called the pareiku.

The word “pareiku” combines two concepts:

  • ‘pareidolia’ – the tendency to perceive a specific, often meaningful image in a random or ambiguous visual pattern.
  • ‘-ku’ – a tribute to Japanese poetry forms like the haiku and tanka.

The rules to create this form are quite simple:

  1. Link together two seemingly unrelated images as one via a 19-syllable poem.
  2. The poem must have a title and follow the 7-5-7 syllable pattern. Punctuation is optional.
  3. The two images can feature the same or different types of visual art. But you must own copyrights / have permission from the artist(s) to use those images. And credits are required at the end of your piece.
  4. Pareiku are meant to be positive / inspirational and family-friendly. So no erotica and no swear words allowed.

Learn more about the form here: Pareiku


Image by bertvthul from Pixabay

The pathway through the darkness
replete with dangers—
often leads us to the light

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

Image by Stefan Keller from Pixabay

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28 thoughts on “New Form: The Pareiku, from Auroras & Blossoms

      1. I don’t think it’s too pink and feel it is a soothing color. I’ve always used colors because I feel it sets the tone for my blog plus I have fun and feel creative. 💖

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  1. Hope you add this to your growing collection 🙂
    (For all of us that is). Reminds me a little bit of a hagia. I suppose you could put the verse on the image especially if the image is your own.

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