Another poetic form I had tried but left alone pretty soon. I start to feel though I have to try again. Here just the old post from February 2013. (Yes, I admit it is not Monday 🙂 ).
The Choka is a form of Japanese poetry related to the Haiku but as far as I could find out it is older.
It is not supposed to rhyme but you are to adhere to the pattern of syllables.
According to britannica.com it is alternating lines of 5 and 7 syllables ending with an extra of 7 syllables.
According to The Poets Garret its original form looked either like this 5 7 7 5 7 7 5…. or this 5 7 5 5 7 5 ….
Well, I suppose it is up to you which one you prefer. The only other thing: It can be as long as you want it to be :-).
If you want to take part in the Universes longest Choka poem please visit “Choka on it”
And here is my take:
Not inspired yet
Monday morning cold and grey
I fear snow coming
and more fears crawl up my spine
Nothing seems steady
This life of mine still a mess
Darkness growing here
deep down in my lonely heart
but then I see the sun rise
You can also visit The Poets Garret about the Choka
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- How to Write a Tanka Poem (poetry4kids.com)