Conversation – An ABC Poem (C)

In conversation,

find cravings for attention,

not intervention.

Please do not judge me.

Just open your ears and see;


No condescension

or those quick fix solutions.

Just, conversation.

My Alphabetical Poetry – Letter C

For more poetry forms starting with the letter C, click HERE.

Choka Poem


The most intricate Japanese Poetry form is the Choka, or Long Poem.

The early form consisted of a series of Katuata joined together.

The Katuata originally consisted of a poem consisting of 19 sound units or onji, (in the west we would describe this as having a syllable count of 19).

There was a break after the fifth and twelfth onji and this would give us a form structure of. 5 – 7 – 7.

Later poets also wrote using only 17 onji and this gave a form structure of 5 – 7 – 5.

This gives a choice of form structures of ….. 5 – 7 – 7 – 5 – 7 – 7.. etc, or .. 5 – 7 – 5 – 5 – 7 – 5.. etc. for the Choka

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