Four Sijo / David Jibson

This cycle of seasonal Sijo poems was first published by The Bamboo Hut and is now part of the collection, Protective Coloration (2020, Kelsay Books). It’s also available from

Sijo is a Korean form comprised of three lines of 14-16 syllables each, for a total of 44-46 syllables. Each line contains a pause near the middle, similar to a caesura, Contemporary Sijo are often printed in six lines.

What They Left Behind

This poem first appeared in the Waccamaw Journal from Coastal Carolina University and is now is included in my collection: Protective Coloration from Kelsay Books. It can also be purchased from Amazon.

If you’ve ever moved into a house after a previous owner or tenant, you may have had an experience like the one in this “list” poem, little clues left behind that tell you something about the people who lived there.

A free sampling from this book is available at