Drifting Contemplations: Autumn (senryu/haiku)

Autumn has passed long ago but some people like me are still hanging onto it…like always I’m late but I’ve yet to post poems on Autumn that I’ve written this year and some older ones too,so kindly forgive me and read and reminisce about the beauty of the wonderful season…

I’m still learning this form of Japanese poetry,so if you find there’s need for improvement please don’t hesitate to let me know,constructive criticism is always welcome,thank you very much.I do love composing these and reading others.

before long gloom
autumn colours bloom–

splendid pretence

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persimmon treats
autumn’s special gift–

memories sweet

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Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry, consisting of 17 morae (or on), in three metrical phrases of 5, 7 and 5 morae respectively,these typically contain a kigo, or seasonal reference, and a kireji, or verbal caesura(cutting word).English-language haiku poets think of this as a Japanese form of poetry generally (but not always) consisting of 17 syllables, usually within three lines, with 5, 7 and 5 syllables.In Japanese, haiku are traditionally printed in a single vertical line, while in English these usually appear in three lines, to parallel the three metrical phrases of the Japanese form. The essential element of form in English-language is that each haiku is a short one-breath poem that usually contains a juxtaposition of images.Most writers prefer poems that refer to nature and social events, but some of them don’t always place an exacting seasonal word in the poem. Furthermore, a few of them compose on one or two lines in less than 17 syllables. Currently the majority of poems in this form are written in 11 short syllables in a 3-5-3 format.
Senryu is a Japanese form of short poetry similar to haiku in construction: three lines with 17 or fewer morae (or on) in total. However, senryu tend to be about human foibles while haiku tend to be about nature, and senryu are often cynical or darkly humorous while the other is more serious. Unlike haiku, senryu do not include a kireji or verbalcaesura (cutting word), and do not generally include a kigo, or seasonal word.It is often said that both forms can be funny, but that if it’s funny, it’s probably senryu. Both can be about nature, but if it’s about nature, it’s probably a haiku. In addition, both can be about nature or human nature. Both can be serious or humorous/satirical. A serious poem about nature is certainly a haiku. And a funny/satirical poem about human nature is certainly a senryu.
information courtesy : akitahaiku.com

To read another post on this form of poetry,kindly click here. Thank you.


  1. It’s and friendly and I have charm of this and have warmed up to this can of writing, your wriing. I wish to read more.

    I’m sure this relics something about you, that you are a kind person indeed. Thank You

    • I have charm for your writing, it’s friendly and I like it. I like this kind of writing, your writing, I wish to read more.
      I’m sure these writings mimic something about you. That you are the kindess and the most gentle of persons one can find . Thank you

      • Thank you very much John,very kind of you to say so,I’m glad that you like my poetry and that it says something nice about me to you.Thank you very much for stopping by.

  2. Beautiful poems! I’ve never mastered these, bit do enjoy their beauty. Autumn is my favorite season too ☺

    • Thank you very much Sum,I’ve read your haiku and you write great and I can say the same for myself,I write but I’m not really sure if they’re good enough 🙂 and Autumn…sigh is all 🙂 love and hugs

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