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Senryu Poems – Poems of the People

If you love Haikus, you might enjoy this other type of Japanese poem that talks about human weakness, human emotions, and human nature compared to Haikus which tackles themes about nature. Senryū is a Japanese form of short poetry similar to Haiku in construction. It consists of three lines with 17 morae or syllable weight that determines stress or timing. Senryū’s are often cynical or has dark humor. Enjoy these Senryū’s and you might even come up with your own. Explore and express your thoughts about the complexity of our human nature and the satiric humor that we call life.

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Rhubarb – Senryu – Poem by Ernestine Northover

Hear some chattering
It’s rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb
Tart – teeth chatter too!

Heart Beat – Senryu – Poem by Ernestine Northover

My heart is racing
Extremely energetic?
Perhaps It is love?

First Love  (Senryu) – Poem by Ency Bearis

Intense affection
that woven by Cherubim
beguiles, hurts and thrills

Circulation – Senryu – Poem by Ernestine Northover

My circulation
Red blood flows, in all my veins
See newspaper sales?

Valentine’s Day Bonanza- Senryu – Poem by Vaibhav Pandey

Attention people.
Valentine’s Day Bonanza.
Broken Hearts for Sale!

Senryu – Back To School – Poem by Don Haney

end of summer
school bell rings-
empty cereal bowls
end of summer
school bell rings-
a mothers tear
schoolyard
playground
once again full

A Glow – Senryu – Poem by Samanyan Lakshminarayanan

humility glows
a glow which is eternal
arrogance pitch dark
[ADAKKAM AMARARUL OOEIKKUM ADANGAMAI
AAREIRUL OOEITHU VIDUM].THIRUKURAL BY THIRUVALLUVAR

A Metaphor (Senryu) – Poem by Ency Bearis

you are my sunshine
that made my dusk life bright
but burnt and blind me

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