November 2 2021 – Poem a Day

the (r)age of fire
lightning torches thirsty trees
nowhere left to hide

[senryu.] Copyright © 2021.11.01 by Liz Bennefeld.

autumn’s reds and golds
dry leaves crumble underfoot
evening fades to night

[haiku.] Copyright © 2021.11.01 by Liz Bennefeld.

As I understand it, unlike haiku, senryu don’t have a cutting or seasonal word. The structure of senryu is usually three lines with 17 or fewer syllables (e.g. 5-7-5), like haiku. It addresses human issues/affairs rather than nature. (Emotions rather than the senses, maybe?) Also, a haiku length that is coming more into use is ~11 syllables (3-5-3), putting them more in sync with the content volume of a haiku written in Japanese.


Fairy Winter

frozen soap bubble

night’s moonbeams reveal
visions hidden by daylight
vanished with dawn’s mist
wee fairies in their snow boots
gathered round a glowing coal

some swing from dead stems
into snowdrifts thrice their height
some gathered flower petals
layered thick for cushions
their fragrance fills the air

on the shortest day
the longest night of winter
cling close for the warmth
after all the winter storms
it will once again be spring

“Fairy Winter”. Copyright © 2020-11-01, by Elizabeth W. Bennefeld.

Image by Ulrike Leone from Pixabay