Friday, December 21, 2007

Hold Fast To Your Dreams

A hiss of raindrops
onto the steaming sidewalk
two children tiptoe
one hand across their mouths
the other, clutching rainbows
giggling they run
Mother Mother we caught one!
unfolding fingers
one by one they raise wide eyes
to reveal their dream come true
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The Choka

The Choka is a traditional form of Japanese poetry that
alternates lines of 5 and 7 syllables. Unusually for Japanese
forms, the Choka can be a very long piece if so desired. The
poem is followed by a single additional line of 7 syllables,
called an envoi, which is usually a summary of the poem in a
single line. With this form, the poem is in effect an extended
Tanka, which has a 5-7-5-7-7 syllable structure. The difference
with Choka is that you can have as many alternating 5-7-5-7
lines as you like before the final 7 syllable line, but the poem
must always end with a 7 syllable line, plus the envoi of 7
syllables, so that the poem always has a couplet of two 7
syllable lines at the end.

There is no limit to number of lines as long as they follow the
5-7 syllable rule until the last three lines which would be 5-7-

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