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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

Copyright (C) Walter J Wojtanik, 2014

artist painting
scenes of nature
saved for future’s gaze

Copyright (C) Walter J Wojtanik, 2014

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92 thoughts on “INFORM POETS – SENRYÛ

  1. All three are good, but the rice wine fulfils the cynical suggestion!

  2. Without evolution
    ancient myth of creation
    defies belief.
    Behind a bouquet
    identity is hidden
    by untrue lover
    Discernment needed
    to recognise truth in love
    from dross of deceit

  3. I’m longsighted and shortsighted;
    My perspective seeks
    The middle

  4. William Preston on said:

    “Saki to me.” This way madness lies. Wonderful and entertaining examples, Walt.

  5. William Preston on said:

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

    copyright 2014, William Preston

  6. William Preston on said:

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

    copyright 2014, William Preston

  7. William Preston on said:

    With intensity
    a dentist on vacation
    drills down to bedrock.

    copyright 2014, William Preston

  8. 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!


    Human foibles
    springs forth bitter leaves,
    asperity of trees dwells in roots

    Benjamin Thomas

  10. 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


    Take time to shine,
    sing, waltz in the light,
    or succumb to beasts of darkness

    Benjamin Thomas

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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


  14. Darlene Franklin on said:

    Gossip boomerangs
    Lies broaden, multiplying
    Returned to sender

  15. connielpeters on said:

    A poem hides
    Till the poet threatens
    To take his toys and go home.

  16. RJ Clarken on said:

    retail therapy
    can be quite expensive but
    totally worth it

  17. RJ Clarken on said:

    writing in cursive
    does not mean elegantly
    penned profanity

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  20. A Simple Senryû

    Pure beauty surrounds
    it’s rich beyond expressing
    still she’ll spill these words.

    Copyright © Hannah Gosselin 2014

  21. Question
    How does adding weight
    on bulky shoulders, help
    lighten surplus load?

  22. Darlene Franklin on said:

    Halloween outshines
    The day for which it prepares
    All souls forgotten


    Conquer the chaos,
    wrench it’s wretched neck,
    then usher in rays of dawn.

    Benjamin Thomas

  24. They Are Coming

    They come in costume
    Seeking candy and comfort
    As they did in life


    Wish me life evergreen,
    of treasured essence,
    until hues fades the scene.

    Benjamin Thomas

  26. BE A LILY

    Be a lily,
    resting in the valley,
    dressed in all simplicity.

    Benjamin Thomas


    Her love;
    finally flew the coop,
    the eggs are laid, now the nest is built.

    Benjamin Thomas

  28. Past
    Bright memories

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  30. tired of problem people
    they moved to a new place
    …there they are again

    P. Wanken

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