Tough Realities in Simple Senryu

the epitome
of life is death, things intact,
I could not cherish

the breast brings life, milk
to newborns and death, cancer
to women old, young

fresh fruit is passed for
cheap, high-fructose corn syrup
for lack of means, facts

two kidneys are one
too many, donate to friend
or stranger, give life

conserve water, war
of the future, to be re-
cycled from toilets

homeless cats, dogs break
hearts. Spay, neuter, adopt, play,
love responsibly

don’t believe what’s said
in war or peace time, or be
pawns on the chess board

ups and downs, good days
versus bad, don’t keep counting,
just remain standing

Copyright © 2013 Shainbird. All rights reserved.

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"A lonely craftsman putting one word after another."
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13 Responses to Tough Realities in Simple Senryu

  1. sknicholls says:

    I like this 🙂 Never seen Haiku done in sequence like this with a steady theme. Well done.

  2. Love how you used the haiku flow to express things in a multi stanza poem.. for the purist it’s not haiku, but the poem is great…

    • Shainbird says:

      Thank you Bjorn, I had so many ideas under such a title, an overindulgence perhaps, I would call it haiku bingeing. But technically they are 8 separate poems threaded on one train of thought. Thanks for taking time to read and comment!

    • Shainbird says:

      Bjorn, your comment has prompted me to research haiku. You are correct in that these would not pass for haiku in the pure sense, it goes far deeper than 5-7-5! I think I should rename this to “Tough Realities in Soft Senryu” 🙂 Thanks for pointing this out. Have you studied the haiku form?

  3. The cycles are endless, full of positive and negative movements that never stop… You capture it all so well here.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Loved your haiku so much. Made me rethink what a horrible day I had when I read it.

  5. Bastet says:

    Great idea…another Haiku sensei is a wonderful thing! 🙂

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