Would You Surrender?(A Mondo)

Would you surrender
and taking my offered hand
walk with me in the darkness?
© AC Elliott, 5 Nov 17


I wrote a Mondo back in August, and enjoyed it so much, I thought I would try another. I’m curious to see if any are willing to partake with a response. For this one, I chose to use the 5-7-7 syllable pattern.

A Mondo is essentially a question/answer poetry between two people. Typically it follows a Zen like pattern, where the “student” is taking the understanding from nature. In this case, I strayed from the norm (somewhat).

The Mondo is:

-written by 2 separate poets, one asking, one answering.
-2 stanzas of 3 lines each, 19 syllables or less, often 5-7-7, sometime 5-7-5 is used for each stanza. The first stanza is the question, the 2nd is the response.
-written in the spirit of Zen, responsive through meditation and observation of natural surroundings.


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