A cricket’s chirping
In the misty morning air
Dwindles till silenced
When rolling darkened clouds
blocking out sky over trees
Blocking man from God
And satellite internet.
Choka is a long Japanese poem that alternates lines of 5 and 7 syllables. The poem must end with at least two 7 syllable lines in a row. If you want to learn more about choka or other syllabic poetry forms, you can visit Word Craft Poetry #TankaTuesday at: https://wordcraftpoetry.com/tanka-tuesday-poetry-cheat-sheet-for-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenges/
The problem with questions about
The weather is you get caught up
In the asking and don’t just bask
In the majesty of nature’s
Terrible power. But just the
Same, why does the morning bring hard
And soft pulses of falling rain
In the majesty of nature?
And the flash of lightning that brings
Down a nearby tree? And why does
The explosion of thunder feel
Like the majesty of nature?
Like a beast leaping on you from
The shadows and sinking its teeth
In your skull and claws in your back
In the majesty of nature?
I wrote this kyrielle as part of Muris’ poetry scavenger hunt on the A Different Perspective page. If you want to participate, check out her page here: https://murisopsis.wordpress.com/2022/03/30/looking-forward-to-poetry-month/
Technically, a kyrielle has rhyme in each stanza as well as a refrain in the last line, but I wanted to try out something different. I think I will try my hand at a rhyming kyrielle sometime later.
Blue like smoke failing
In the skies, and green of leaves
Fading day to night.
The contrasting borders
Are lost in low grumbling thunder.
Bad weather keeps you
Looking at the outside world
Through tiny windows.
The west wind washes
Wilber with whipping white water.
Waring and wearying.
With wind and rain, and
Blinding flashes and thunder
The weather intrudes.
Hello, how are you?
I sure hope you are fine.
How can I help you today?
Are you doing well?
You are looking healthy.
Could I shout out a birthday?
How about you Fred and Billy
And Sally and Selma?
Have you heard about the weather today?
It will be hot and sunny,
So do drink some water.
And watch out for wah-spez today.
Because they could sting you.
Then you’ll look like me.
That is all I was going to say.
A beautifully decorated children’s
Choir of storm arose.
We have been full
Of them, felt curtains rooted down
In the communicating corner.
The cold I thought,
Was masquerading as grapefruit.
Many trays of lime juice and salt
People see in his unfinished work were
Directed with an upturned plastic cup.
You inhabited it,
The mundane Audubon Center,
Near time and weather
And into the surreal
Holly Springs skeleton rebuild,
Beautiful pie and catfish.