PLEASE NOTE: I WILL BE ON VACATION FROM JUNE 4 – 14, 2018. THERE WILL BE NO MONDAY POETRY RECAPS FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS. AS ALWAYS, PARTICIPATION IN THE CHALLENGE IS VOLUNTARY. THANKS FOR YOUR COLLABORATION AND FOR ENJOYING POETRY AS MUCH AS I DO! ❤
Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the work of poets from around the globe. If you would like to participate in this challenge, you can learn the rules on the menu item called Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Guidelines.
Each week, I like to highlight a poet who I call the Poet of the Week, who has shared an exceptional message, or shown an impassioned creativity through words or form. Poetry is all about perception, so don’t be shocked if you don’t feel the same way about a poem that I do. ❤
This week, I’ve chosen Reena Saxena, and her poem, “Haste,” to be featured as the poet of the week. I called this poem a Senryu because of the “romantic/breakup overtones in her words. Refresh your thoughts on the differences between Senryu and Haiku HERE.
“Senryu poems do not explore human nature by looking outward at the natural world, but makes the human, not the world around him, its subject. As might be expected from a poem that was first achieved through teasing and game-playing, the tone of the senyru is always humorous, sometimes even sarcastic.” Penandthepad.com
Shadow Poetry.com also defines a Senryu, “Senryu is usually written in the present tense and only references to some aspect of human nature or emotions. They possess no references to the natural world and thus stand out from nature/seasonal haiku.”
In Reena’s poem, the last line is sarcastic, defining the poem as a Senryu, instead of a Haiku. Let’s face it, if you Google, how to write a senryu poem, you will find many gray areas between a Haiku and a Senryu. As a poet, you should define your own work. Don’t leave it up to someone else to decide.
I also love the brevity of this Senryu. For so few words, Reena’s Senryu packs a wallop of emotions into her poem.
Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge: Hurry & Last – The Militant Negro™ A special thank you for helping to share the love of poetry ❤
Congratulations and many thanks to my POETIC DREAM TEAM who write the poetry that makes me smile each week. ❤