This is a choka inspired by a magnificent solitary rock form I came across on my walk
through the woods this weekend.
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. )
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...
But you hold your tongue
speaking only to nature;