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.
Ending of the Season
weeds overgrow the garden the vegetables are picked waiting for the snow to fall winter's time to rest
Copyright © 2021-11-01, by Liz Bennefeld.
dodoitsu is a Japanese poetic form: 7-7-7-5. Usually focuses on love or work, frequently with a comical twist.
Standing on the inside,
at those on the outside,
Throw open the windows,
unlock the doors
tear down the walls
’til everyone can touch
and everyone can hear.
Copyright © 2021-05-02, by Liz Bennefeld.
Image by Angelika Graczyk from Pixabay
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.
Ulrike Leone from Pixabay