Category Archives: Senryū

Japanese style poem similar to Haiku

Cry, the beleaguered country

I cry mustafa
impertinent refugee
wanting just hope

Another verse inspired by a client, this one a refugee kept in Limbo for ten years by successive Australian governments. I won’t relate the circ’s – don’t want you to cry.

Mustafa: Origin: Arabic. Meaning:
The chosen one.

Anzac mourning

Culture cliff note:-
Anzac: name given to soldiers of Australian & New Zealand Army Corps.
Anzac Day 25 April 2023.

naive anzacs attack
murderous fetid scarred place
eight months on defeat

On the morning of 25 April 1915, Anzacs set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula, in support of the Allied forces’ goal of defeating Turkey. After a courageous but ultimately disastrous campaign, Allied troops were withdrawn from Anzac Cove and Suvla Bay between 15 and 20 December 1915.

Anni verse ry

Tea and forgiveness

burnt rice in the tea
justified to energise
sadly tastes that way

Today is the anniversary of posting my first verse on this site.
My very first senryu, ‘Tea and forgiveness’ was inspired by reading more traditional Haiku by Carl Setzer and originally posted on his site. Thanks Carl. You are in no way responsible for my errant ways.