Chōka: Love is like the Wind

love is like the wind
a blind force that stirs the world
drifting by unseen
flowing freely hand to hand
never to be held
blowing softly in the ear
it whispers sweet things
only lovers understand
at times it is still
where days pass without a breath
you are found wanting
and with one surprising gust
you are knocked clean off your feet


chōka (長歌, “long poem”)  a versatile form, composed of alternating lines of five and seven syllables, with the last two lines having seven syllables each. Sometimes, but not always, accompanied by a summarising tanka.


Weekly Theme: Japanese Poetry Forms


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