• Yes, related to the haiku and somewhat of a precursor. In the most general terms, the haiku is said to deal with nature and the senryu with world of man — the latter often in a humorous, satiric, ironic or playful way. Both poems follow the Japanese syllabic patter 5-7-5, but Japanese syllables are not the same as English syllables since they can include what we could consider punctuation. I don’t try to reproduce that pattern since English can’t do what the Japanese language does. Also, even among Japanese haiku poets, the 5-7-5 rule is far from inviolate.

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