Senryū (Practice)

“Senryū (川柳, literally ‘river willow’) is a Japanese form of short poetry similar to haiku in construction: three lines with 17 morae. Senryū tend to be about human foibles while haiku tend to be about nature, and senryū are often cynical or darkly humorous while haiku are more serious.” (Source: Wikipedia)

Senryū (Practice)

Senryu is hard               (5 syllables)

This is seriously tough   (7 syllables)

My last Senryu ever!      (Bah! That’s 7 syllables) 

Try again…

Senryu is hard               (5)

This is seriously tough   (7)

Don’t like Senryu!          (5!)

Tina S.W.

April 30, 2020

“Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.”

1 Timothy 4:14-16

“—Better rendered, be diligent in these things. With these words St. Paul closes this division of his solemn directions to his chosen disciple and representative at Ephesus. He must dwell on these things and must be diligent in their practice: he must show himself active and industrious as a public teacher, and must also order his life so as to be an example to his fellow-believers.”

Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers

“Let your mind be deeply impressed with these things; make them the subject of profound and serious thought.

…be absorbed in the appropriate duties of the ministerial office. It may be remarked here that no man will ever make much of himself, or accomplish much in any profession, who does not make this the rule of his life. He who has one great purpose of life to which he patiently and steadily devotes himself, and to which he makes everything else bend, will uniformly rise to high respectability, if not to eminence. He who does not do this can expect to accomplish nothing.

-Barnes Notes on the Bible

(Photo credit goes to user vinsky2002.)

10 thoughts on “Senryū (Practice)

    1. Thank you. Yes, it is very interesting. Counting syllables is definitely a challenge. How to put a poetic thought into so few words? It was a fun example of practicing, or being diligent with, your gifts.


    1. 😂 Nicely done! I haven’t been practicing with my right. I always choose the harder challenge. 😀 I’m a glutton for punishment.


    1. Yes, I only just heard of it myself. I thought it was a haiku. So I looked up info on haiku and found that I was attempting a Senryu, not a haiku. It’s so difficult to put a poetic thought into so few words, so definitely a fun challenge!!! Thanks, Ali. ❤

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