luminous sunshine snow reflections sparkle... I'm blind as a bat © Colleen M. Chesebro
While haiku are often stark and disciplined, senryu poems are often witty or funny. The senryu is a three-line (5-7-5, 3-5-3, 2-3-2 syllable) Japanese poetic form that focuses on human nature, including an ironic or darkly comedic edge. Some are witty, some are cynical, and some are satirical. Senryu do not require a kigo or kireji (pivot) like haiku.
In the senryu above, I describe an episode of snow blindness. Senryu do not need to feature nature like a haiku does. However, be careful your haiku doesn’t turn into a senryu with the addition of a witty or funny pivot at the end.
Here’s another example:
I hate hypocrites and phonies, the worst culprits— constant complainers © Colleen M. ChesebroFollow Me on Social Media...