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Choka Poems

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List of New Choka Poems

PMPoem TitlePoetCategories  
No Rest For The Weary M. L. Kiser animal, appreciation, earth, moon,
Premium Member Poem A Reason Heidi Sands change, endurance, health, pain,
Rise Of The Beacon Bernard F. Asuncion birthday,
Chocolate Seema Ali america, arabic, basketball, beautiful,
Premium Member Poem DREAMS OF SPRING Kim Rodrigues spring,
Premium Member Poem A Flower With Wings Kim Rodrigues bird,
Night Music M. L. Kiser animal, appreciation, earth, environment,
Premium Member Poem A Soldier's Life Carol Connell christian, conflict, courage, jesus,
Premium Member Poem Penny Heidi Sands heaven, hope, miss you,
get me banned Oreo Wings 8th grade, abuse, allah,
Right Role Bernard F. Asuncion birthday,
Feral Cats M. L. Kiser adventure, animal, appreciation, cat,
Facing My Fear M. L. Kiser courage, emotions, fear, inspiration,
Education of Dreams M. L. Kiser angel, animal, dog, dream,
Premium Member Poem I Will Weep No More charles messina tribute,
A Gardeners Soul M. L. Kiser appreciation, earth, environment, flower,
No Rest For The Weary M. L. Kiser animal, appreciation, moon, nature,
Roller Coasters M. L. Kiser appreciation, dream, fun, imagination,
Premium Member Poem WINDSWEPT Kim Rodrigues wedding,
Premium Member Poem Christmas Peace Heidi Sands christmas, light, moon, peace,
Premium Member Poem LIQUIDATION OF A DREAM Kim Rodrigues dream,
Premium Member Poem Almond Tree Spirit Caren Krutsinger 10th grade, 11th grade,
HAIKU Semih bilgic animal,
Premium Member Poem STORYTIME AT THE LIBRARY Kim Rodrigues child,
I am not I, Who am I airatmaninravi AiR allusion, analogy,
Premium Member Poem HOLDER OF THE HEAVENS Kim Rodrigues native american,
For Unity We Are MAHTAB BANGALEE how i feel,
Through Death and Back David Cardamone christian, christmas,
Sand Castles M. L. Kiser appreciation, art, beach, earth,
Snacking on Seeds M. L. Kiser appreciation, autumn, earth, food,
Premium Member Poem PIE HARD Kim Rodrigues humorous,
Premium Member Poem Released Heidi Sands heart, music, peace,
Pride purbasha roy pride,
Lust Jessica Thompson conflict, lust, sensual, sin,
Premium Member Poem ANGER nette onclaud recovery from, sin,
Premium Member Poem Anger Andrea Dietrich anger,
Premium Member Poem Envy Gregory R Barden analogy, appreciation, emotions, love,
Lonely Lighthouse M. L. Kiser humanity, light, loneliness, metaphor,
Sloth deb radke sin,
Premium Member Poem Anger Emile Pinet 12th grade, anger, angst,
Premium Member Poem lust Janis Thompson humanity, lust,
Premium Member Poem HOLLOW EVE Kim Rodrigues halloween,
Anger Subimal Sinha-Roy anger, forgiveness,
Premium Member Poem Pride Dear Heart pride,
Covetousness Lycia Harding hate, horse, jealousy, judgement,
Premium Member Poem Chokra Choka Kai Michael Neumann discrimination,
Premium Member Poem Envy CayCay Jennings blessing, christian, deep, happiness,
choking envy Wendy Watson hate, jealousy,
ANGER Beata Agustin anger, angst, character, faith,
ANGER Abdul Malik anger, sin,

About This Page

Choka Poems. Examples of Chokas and a list of poems in the correct poetic form and technique. Share and read Choka poetry while accessing rules, topics, ideas, and a comprehensive literary definition of a Choka.

Brief Definition

A choka is a type of poem that originated centuries ago in the Japanese royal court. The lines of the poem alternate between five and seven syllables, with the final line being an extra seven-syllable line. The choka poem may be any length, and many choka poems were traditionally quite long, sometimes reaching over 100 lines long. In fact, "choka" translates to "long poem," though some choka poems are as short as only seven lines long.

Choka poetry style is a subset of waka poetry, which is Japanese court poetry from approximately the 6th to 14th centuries, though the earliest known choka poem is from the 1st century. This early poem is 149 lines long and describes a great battle. Following this tradition, most choka poems tell an epic story.

Choka poems were traditionally sung in a high-pitched voice. Due to the fact that the poem must alternate between five- and seven-syllable lines, with an extra seven-syllable line at the end, all choka poems have an odd number of lines. 

Choka Poem Example

Technology and the Environment

He must save the world,
He who is one with machines.

We’ve dug a deep hole,
Too deep for men with shovels.
Erosion of soil,
Habitat degradation.
Lack of fresh water,
Just look at California.

Who can save our world?
Engineers that build the truss.
Which can hold our load,
These burdens we self-impose,
Look forward: There’s no way back.

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