A short Japanese style poem, similar to haiku in structure: three lines with 17 or fewer total “syllables”, however, senryû tend to be about human foibles while haiku tend to be about nature, and senryû are often cynical or darkly humorous and satiric while haiku are serious.


In darkness of night
soft seductive shadows fall,
upon window shade

Copyright (C) Walter J Wojtanik, 2014

rice wine invades
all sense of balance gone
saki to me

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artist painting
scenes of nature
saved for future’s gaze

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92 thoughts on “INFORM POETS – SENRYÛ

  1. When muses whisper,
    they proffer poetic forms
    for their amusement.

    copyright 2014, William Preston

  2. Hallowe’en justice:
    paperhanger’s tree festooned
    with toilet paper.

    copyright 2014, William Preston

  3. The Haunted Bus Stop

    The bus is coming!
    I must hurry to the stop
    Oh no! It is full!

    Here comes another bus
    I manage to squeeze inside
    where is it going?

    This bus is speeding
    when will it come to a stop?
    This is the wrong bus.

    quick! I must get off
    I shove my way to the door
    We are not slowing down

    When will this bus stop?
    Does it have a destination?
    I want to go home!

  4. falling in love is
    oftentimes more like plunging
    down the rabbit hole.


    great ball of fire
    golden slumbers burned to bits
    blinded by the light


    your heart is hollow
    love scooped out leaves empty shell
    just like a pumpkin


    After Tuesday’s vote,
    Congress justifies its pay.
    If not, act surprised.

    © Susan Schoeffield

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    They accuse that man
    Of having the Evil Eye.
    I say he has two.



    She pokes the thin-skinned
    Who are bursting with hot air.
    It’s quite deflating.



    the banana peel
    that causes the man to fall
    makes the monkey laugh


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