she waits at the door each morning and night
trusting to be fed, not trusting
the human who feeds her
what atrocities did this tiny soul bear
what malevolence, what fear
to tremble from kindness
Kimo poems are an Israeli version of haikqApparently, there was a need for more syllables in Hebrew. That said, most of the rules are still familiar:
• 3 lines.
• No rhymes.
• 10 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second, and 6 in the third.
Also, the kimo is focused on a single frozen image (kind of like a snapshot). So it’s uncommon to have any movement happening in kimo poems.