Written for:  Carpe Diem Weekend-Meditation #21 Out Of The Box #3 Chōka and Sedōka (Winter / Summer)
The task is to create a Winter poem and a Summer poem, but you have to use the Chōka or the Sedōka form.

The chōka, “long poem,” is of indefinite length, formed of alternating lines of five and seven syllables, ending with an extra seven-syllable line. Many chōka have been lost; the shortest of those extant are 7 lines long, the longest have 150 lines. They may be followed by one or more envoys (hanka). The amplitude of the chōka permitted the poets to treat themes impossible within the compass of the tanka.

The sedōka, or “head-repeated poem,” consists of two tercets of five, seven, and seven syllables each. An uncommon form, it was sometimes used for dialogues. Kakinomoto Hitomaro’s sedōka are noteworthy. Chōka and sedōka were seldom written after the 8th century.
An example of a Sedoka:

in the backyard –
a rainbow of chrysanthemums
finally autumn has arrived

monks chanting mantras
while sweeping the garden
being one with the universe

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Here is my attempt:

Summer Sedoka

Sitting outside
on a summer night with friends
under the stars, our laughter

orange spots of light
quick flickers that whisk through air
fireflies play hide and seek

Winter Choka

a howl in the night
wind rattles windows, shakes trees
ready for the storm
sandbags piled high at the beach
rock walls erected
everyone hopes they will hold
no one has forgotten floods

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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