You can write “senryu,” a poem that is humorous in three lines. Some people pronounce it “sen-roo,” while others pronounce it “sen-ree-yoo.” It is actually a haiku that tells us a lot about human nature or human weaknesses.
It is enjoyable to read and write, and often allows us to laugh at ourselves.
It has the same form as haiku. You can read my other blogs about haiku.
The poems below have been published by talented, awarding-winning members of the Haiku Society of America. These poems illustrate that good observation is what writing senryu is all about.
the new wife’s rump
bigger than mine
(The Unworn Necklace, 2007, 2011)
car wash tunnel . . .
for the new year
–Charlotte Digregorio, Asahi Haikuist Network, Jan. 15, 2005
pushing my cart faster
through feminine protection
–Michael Dylan Welch
First published in Fig Newtons: Senryu to Go (Foster City, California: Press Here, 1993).
Also published in the third edition of Cor van den Heuvel’s The Haiku Anthology (New York: Norton, 1999).
soggy cereal –
I mull over
the mail-in offer
–Sari Grandstaff, Spring/Summer 2006, Frogpond
straining to see
the title of his book—
–Joe Kirschner, Frogpond, xxii:2, 1999
my swing partner’s
— Christopher Patchel,
bottle rockets #18, 2/2008
passing the cream puffs
the guest of honor full
HPNC Senryu Contest 2007, 2nd place
The Red Moon Anthology, 2008
If you want to read skillful senryu, become a member of the Haiku Society of America. You will receive “Frogpond” three times a year. It is a book-length journal of haiku/senryu and essays. Other good haiku/senryu journals are “Modern Haiku” and “bottle rockets.”
Online, you can log onto “Blogging Along Tobacco Road.” It features interviews with haiku/senryu poets and samples of their work.