#Haiku Happenings #5: Jane Kohut-Bartels’ latest #choka!
The Goddess Nut”, choka (long poem)
(redbubble.com: The Egyptian Goddess Nut by Amanda Burns El Hassouri.)
When I first started writing poetry, I came across choka. This is a very early piece of poetry. This poem was influenced by a painting by a dear friend, Nick Nicholson, in Canberra, Australia.
For those readers unfamiliar with choka, it is a very early Japanese form of poetry: choka is called ‘long poem’. It can get to 100 lines and still be in the form. I haven’t written choka in years, and forgot how good a form it is to ‘tell stories’. One basic form of choka is 5-7-5-7-5-7-7…or a variation on this.
The Goddess Nut
I am the Temple
of the Universe at night,
I am Goddess Nut
I spread my body over
the dark, silky sky
and the Sun is born from my
open mouth at dawn, each day.
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