Seven Senryū for the New Year

I have only just learned how to write Senryu. I have @senryunectar to thank for this most exquisite pleasure. If you twitter, you must follow her. The challenge of the Senryu is to write in Haiku form (5 – 7 – 5 syllables) using a word proposed by one of the group. It’s lovely to watch different people become inspired by a single word, and read what comes out of that inspiration. I’ve bolded the words in each of the poems

Bring me desire
on a solemn silver tray.
I’ll sup on your flesh.

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Your fault, my delight,
your chasm, my wide playground
my feral soul feeds.

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Virgin moon, please burn
every vestige of regret
away with cold fire.

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The back of your neck:
a crescent moon for my lips,
cradle for my lust.

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White heat off dark skin.
The sun sees all your labours.
The moon sees your sins.

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The flavor of night
settles secret on the tongue
like a dark jewel.

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Observing the curl
of your slumbering fingers
I must come closer.

  4 comments for “Seven SenryÅ« for the New Year

  1. City Different
    January 1, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Wonderful! And thanks for explaining Senryu; it’s new to me.

  2. Ash
    January 2, 2010 at 1:58 am

    I really enjoy Japanese poetry forms. I’m not a senryu expert, but I think you’ve done a good job with these. They’re very evocative.

    Thanks for sharing and pointing the way to @senryunectar. Keep up the good work.

    ♥ Ash

  3. Ashes
    January 9, 2010 at 3:52 am

    very different & interesting. I had never heard of this until now. Thanks for opening my eyes a little more 😉

  4. LostPadawan
    November 29, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    It stupefies me, the way you manage to work something so subtly erotic and sinful, and yet so seemingly pure into every line, every word.
    Bravo as always.

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