I chose to represent three elements of Kabuki: change, echo, and theater design. I chose change as an element because one of the adjectives I selected to describe Kabuki was vicissitudinous. The reason for my choice was that Kabuki music has a rhythm that can change at any time, and often it goes from long to short beats. I chose echo because a resonating sound was recurring. Theater design is an element because Kabuki is a part of theater, and the aesthetic of it influences the elaborate sound of the music.
I chose the metric trochaic hexameter to guide the rhythm. Kabuki, in a broad view, sounds like it has one stress followed by four slower unstressed parts. However, within those slower parts are stressed and unstressed nuances. A trochaic hexameter gives justice to the complexity within each verse of Kabuki music.
Considering my goals for Global RAP Redux, I tried to format my poem so that readers could hear an overarching rhythm. As part of the sound of the rhythm, I tried to use o’s frequently to create assonance. The o’s make a lingering sound and open up the poem.
Here is my poem:
A porcelain doll walks around her home
touches everything in golden brocade
never lets sun in to touch her pale face.
Until the day the light came through
her shadow forever standing
still, while her voice hangs like an echo.
But her home is her stage
Strangers storm in, in as
low roars or silent bombs.
The doll slowly
goes below to
sing of her sorrows.
What can she do but put on a show?
On the stage her home burns
Strangers stormed in, in as
low roars and silent bombs.
She put on a storm
to save herself
and burned away.