This page features several examples of traditional Haiku Poems and Senryu Poems.
Scroll down for links to more poetic forms, including a NEW invention!
A traditional Haiku is a 3-line poem, with lines made up of 7, 5, and 7 syllables, respectively.
The standard Haiku theme is Nature, although the poem can be of any topic.
The Senryu poem is the Haiku's mirror image, with the three lines consisting of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, respectively.
The standard Senryu theme is Human nature, although the poem can be of any topic.
Both of these poetic forms originated in Japan.
Haiku and Senryu poems do not have to rhyme, but they can if you want them to. The last one shown here rhymes if you say it fully.
This poetic format is rife with variations, which allows you much freedom to explore.
In fact, many Japanese poets do not consider the exact syllable count of Senryu and Haiku Poems too very important.
In any case, shown below are three examples of traditional Senryu Poems, and three examples of traditional Haiku Poems.
strange men stomping up the stairs
I'm afraid to breathe
my homework shakes in my hand
The catch of the day becomes
sliced raw sashimi
My Bento box awaits me
In a certain way, Spanish
and Japanese are
damages her sex appeal
She keeps the mask on
Just Nod and Smile
I'm tryna trickya
into thinking I enjoy
Like a pauper with a buck
or nudes in a church
we're incongruous AF!
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