Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 164 #SynonymsOnly

Love & Harmony were the prompt words this week.

For love I went for lust and passion! For harmony I chose balance and peacefully.

What are Haiku, Senryu and Tanka?

Remember: Senryu poems make the human, not the world around them, the subject of their creative endeavor. Humor and sarcasm are two of the most favorable elements in a Senryu and should deal with the human condition. Think about sexual matters, family relations, religion, politics, and anything that touches on the pain we experience through sorrow, prejudice, oppression, anger, and frustration. Senryu do not deal in sentimentality.


I haven’t written any Senryu before so here goes… I’ve written three…


Lusty lips


The Viagra



Downed in one


His lust overwhelmed

He was so fit

Did the splits

Balanced on one leg


Our mismatched passion

Made me quiet


My balance



Well, that was a strange one! The Senryu encouraged me to play with words to come up with some unusual results!



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  1. So Senryu are written in 3 lines: 5/7/5, or 3/5/3, or 2/3/2, Sis. They are like a Haiku, but about human nature, not the natural world. Were you thinking of the Gogyohka? That is five lines, written in phrases as long as a breath. <3

      1. Senryu are 17 syllables, 11 syllables, or 7 syllables long. Usually you write in the 3 lines, however… but, some poets write the way you did. It’s confusing though because you used five lines which is a Tanka or a Gogyohka. For the challenge, I try to stick to the basic forms. That doesn’t mean that you can’t write like this in your books or on your blog. Explanations are always helpful. <3

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