Fence of September

Written for:  Poems of Garden Gnomes
Form Friday – “Choka”

One of the most intricate Japanese Poetry forms is the Choka. Also referred to as a “Long Poem,” the Choka often tells a story. It does not rhyme, and offers a choice of syllabic form structure, as follows:

5 – 7 – 7 – 5 – 7 – 7, etc.
5 – 7 – 5 – 5 – 7 – 5, etc.

spotted a red leaf
on this afternoon of heat.
water shimmered in sun’s rays
on September’s fence–
one side, hot weather lingers
on the other, cool breezes.
Sipping cold water,
moved under umbrella’s shade,
a glance across lake–red leaf

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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