Black Canyon’s badlands
From the base of Brooklyn Peak
Black Canyon’s river
The silent Agua Fria
Reflected in dark water
So still beneath cliffs
Of amber above the sage
That scents the whispering wind
A form of Waka, the Choka consists of 5-7 Japanese sound units
and phrases repeated at least twice, and concludes with a 5-7-7
ending. So, the pattern is: 5-7 5-7 5-7 5-7-7.
I chose to use a Japanese form in honor of my Sensei who studied
the martial virtues in Japan. He snapped the photograph for which
this poem is inspired.