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.
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
the bonsai . . .
my knotty life
at the greasy spoon . . .
class reunion . . .
Copyright 2015 by Charlotte Digregorio.