Generation, or: Conception

A Choka

a letdown for him
yet one more disappointment
my shitty longhand
he noted nonchalantly
had much concerned him
before he had concluded
my generation
needed but know how to type
my shitty longhand
would not be an obstacle
like some of my other traits


The most intricate Japanese Poetry form is the Choka, or Long Poem. The early form consisted of a series of katauta joined together. This gives a choice of form structures of 5/7/5/5/7/7โ€ฆ etc., or: 5/7/7/5/7โ€ฆ etc.

The Choka could be any total line length and indeed many exceeded 100 lines. Looking at this, it is easy to see why Poetic Historians believe the katauta is the original basic unit of Japanese poetry using either the 17 or 19 unit onji.

d’Verse Quadrille #157

The above choka is my take on dโ€™Verseโ€™s Quadrille challenge.

The Quadrille is simply a poem of 44 words (excluding the title), and it can take any form. This weekโ€™s challenge was to use the word โ€œtypeโ€ in a Quadrille.

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

53 thoughts on “Generation, or: Conception”

  1. My handwriting has definitely gone downhill after years on the keyboard. Hey, if you are not already, you could be a doctor! Worse handwriting of all and no one seems to care. Problem solved.

  2. I mourn the lack of cursive being taught in school. Yeah…all they need to know is peck, peck, peck. A person’s penmanship is as identifying as a fingerprint. And thanks for introducing another form of poetry. Sigh…I have so much to learn.

    1. ๐Ÿ’ž Yvonne ๐Ÿ’ž ~ thank you so much. Regarding the form, it’s all online – it’s just a matter of some exploring on Google ๐Ÿ™‚

      Much love,

  3. Oh my goodness
    Who was going at you in this way?
    Why were you guys arguing about your personality traits for that matter?
    I on the otherhand think that the younger generations have a terrible longhand in comparison.
    Funny enough, the other day I wrote in a card and I was not impressed by my own cantankerous handwriting, at all.

    You always master the strokes David. Ingenious the way in which you employed the Choka for the prompt.
    How you got those 44 words together to explain the gripe that person was having with you, is simply brilliant.

  4. Sadly longhand isn’t what it used to be. I remember as a young child at school we were taught to write longhand quite elegantly. It was practice, practice, practice. But now as an old[er] person my longhand is atrocious! Your poem though, was wonderful David!

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