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The Chill – A Senryu


The Chill

The liquid tear drop

Solidifies into pain-

Barren snowy heart!

28 September, 2008


Syllable Count:

The/ li/quid /tear/ drop…5

So/li/di/fies /in/to/ pain-..7

Ba/rren/ sno/wy/ heart!..5


Senryu is a form of Japanese lyric just like the haiku. The one above is in the 5-7-5 format:) However, while Haiku celebrate the seasons, and nature, Senryu speak of human nature, and are mostly a little darker in their expression: More, from wikipedia..

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Senryū (川柳, literally ‘river willow’) is a Japanese form of short poetry similar to haiku in construction: three lines with 17 or fewer “on” (not syllables) in total. However, senryū tend to be about human foibles while haiku tend to be about nature, and senryū are often cynical or darkly humorous while haiku are more serious. Unlike haiku, senryū do not include a kireji (cutting word), and do not generally include a kigo, or season word.
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Author: Usha Pisharody

A rambler, pretends to be a teacher, loves to dream, and go on Quixotic Quests in the Realm of Romance With Life...

2 thoughts on “The Chill – A Senryu

  1. very innovative u r, these days!!! and u leave me dumbstruck…keep it going…


  2. Rajesh, thank you:) Very prompt indeed! And it’s just that I love these Japanese lyric forms, haiku, tanka and senryu..:) that it makes me want to try them out!


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