at first a glimmer
draws the gulls here –
or the scent, perhaps
of something enticing…
even exotic –
we creep amid the decay
lying to ourselves –
picking at the remnants  
of truths we’ve forgotten  

but i am the phoenix –
this flock was never mine –
i choose to fly
far over the ocean  –
you have no power here

Carpe Diem
Choka: Japanese “long poem”

Inspired by two conversations

43 thoughts on “Just What You Want To Be

  1. We creep amid decay…lying to ourselves.. Oh isn’t that true.
    It’s not my flock either…good for you Jen. Loved it. I like this choka form. Going to get myself choka’d shocka’d out for a while:)


    • Ah …. it’s been a long time since I tried my hand at sonnet-writing. Perhaps you’re right — I appreciate the feedback 🙂

      Thank you so much Bjorn. Great to see you here!


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