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Solitary Rock

This is a choka inspired by a magnificent solitary rock form I came across on my walk
through the woods this weekend.

(Choka Defintion

The most intricate Japanese Poetry form is the Choka, or Long Poem.

The early form consisted of a series of Katuata joined together. This gives a choice of
form structures of ..... 5 - 7 - 7 - 5 - 7 - 7.. etc, or .. 5 - 7 - 5 - 5 - 7 - 5.. etc. )

Solitary Rock
    by Amy Swanson   2.8.2009

Cracked and aged with time
a solitary rock stands
solid, proud and strong.

If you could but speak
oh, the stories you could tell,
hidden in your past.

Tales of love and war...
children playing, lovers' spats...
ancient memories.

But you hold your tongue
speaking only to nature;
quiet reverie.

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  1. Date: 2/9/2009 12:09:00 AM
    Nice one Amy .Rgds You may care to read the poems folk entered in my FIVE-SEVEN contest last September which were the naga-uta form of the choka.

  1. Date: 2/8/2009 8:01:00 AM
    So many things it must have seen, and yet, still unspoken. If only it could tell us! I love this too. Love me

  1. Date: 2/8/2009 7:40:00 AM
    Firstly, the title is very cool..loved it.. the poem so well written and the language is great..the first stanza is wonderfully done.