Come Out Again (Choka)

By Christopher Rupley


If only I could

find a way back to my love,

to what’s stowed inside,

to what my anger concealed

and helped me decline –

Return from your rock shelter


Don’t be mad at me

for all my crass wandering,

for choosing first my ego…


(This is a form of Waka called Choka, and the count is 5-7-5-7-5-7…5-7-7).


16 thoughts on “Come Out Again (Choka)

  1. The poem wasn’t about another person, it was about the love inside of ourselves…that’s what I was referring to. But, I understand what you mean…


  2. Wow, how flattering. I’ve only collaborated with one poet, one time; and twice wrote response poems for 2 poets (sort of like collaboration, but not really). So, I’m not certain how you’d want this to work. Can you give me a brief idea that I can mull over?

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  3. I’m rereading it from my other blog now. It’s the last 3 lines that I find confusing, which made me think it was written to or about another person. The other lines make sense to me– that you’re speaking about “the love inside ourselves”–so I like that part.

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  4. I understand the confusion completely. I can be pretty selfish, and I was referring to my sense of self, or ‘self’ for short…I was also exploring the divide between our ego and self.


  5. A short form is fine with me. It’s going to be easier to do this via email, btw…How about we just do a nonet to begin? It is a 9 line poem and the count, in descending order is: 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1


  6. Haha. I just replied to your other comment asking, and directed you here. Hahahaha! Well, glad you found it and still can’t wait to see what you come up with!


  7. Don’t worry about what other people think of your poetry. It’s for you, not them 🙂 And, I think it is wonderful. It’s a beautiful form to work with when doubling too, because then it becomes this passionate dialogue of sorts between lovers. You should try it with another writer 🙂 Have a great day!


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