Senryu is a haiku-like poem that references human nature. It often has a witty or humorous component. If you like haiku poems, but have never heard of senryu, don’t feel bad. I’ve loved haiku since the seventh grade, and even though I write haiku (if only badly), I’d never heard of senryu until recently.
There are a few rules for senryu, many of which are similar to haiku:
- Senryu poetry — like haiku poetry — uses the 5-7-5 syllable pattern in its lines.
- Senryu — like haiku — contains only three lines.
- Senryu poems talk about human nature or human artifacts. Haiku poems reference Mother Nature.
After reading the senryu poem below, give writing one a try … it can be a lot of fun.
Mouse sitting on desk
Evil eye glowing bright red —
Windows sets mousetrap
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