The Daily Haiku Goes Senryu–July 5 through 10

Dear Friends and Followers,

Beginning July 5, I will be traveling on business, so I am posting a senryu for each day in advance. If you’ve been reading my informational posts about haiku, you already know what senryu is. It has the same form as haiku, but it originated in the 1700s in Japan, about one hundred years after haiku.

Senryu’s focus is human nature and its weaknesses, and it is often humorous. Some haikuists do not differentiate between haiku and senryu, but just consider it haiku. I make a distinction in my book, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All. Senryu should always be written with skill, just like haiku. It often has wordplay. Senryu isn’t in poor taste or insulting. It should be art, just like haiku.

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I am posting my poems for the first time on The Daily Haiku. After July 10, I will go back to posting the haiku and senryu of the dozens of great haikuists you’ve come to know through The Daily Haiku posts.

Below are six senryu. I hope you enjoy senryu just as much as I do. May you find delight and peace through them. And, may you find joy, peace, and inspiration for haiku and senryu through your summertime celebrations! Best Wishes, Charlotte Digregorio

leaving the bank

with six figures

on the odometer


walking through the zoo . . .

i keep my problems

in proportion



the bonsai . . .

my knotty life


at the greasy spoon . . .

he rehashes

his divorce


class reunion . . .

i recognize

his swagger



the clerk

“next window”


Copyright 2015 by Charlotte Digregorio.


About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. I am also the author of five non-fiction books: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; and Your Original Personal Ad. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I have signed books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores. I was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. I have won thirty-three poetry awards. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I am an internationally-published haiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka, haibun, free verse, acrostic, cinquain, etheree, and sestina poet. My poetry has been translated into six languages, and I have done poetry readings at a variety of bookstores, libraries, art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. My poetry has been displayed at supermarkets, art galleries, libraries, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I've been interviewed on cable television about my poetry. I also hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I was also self-employed as a communications/public relations/marketing consultant with 111 clients in 16 states. In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give special lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and to those at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and to libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America. Currently, I am Second Vice President of the Haiku Society.
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6 Responses to The Daily Haiku Goes Senryu–July 5 through 10

  1. I like the puns and word play

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