Sunrise Senryu


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Photo by Bruce Edwards on Unsplash



The morning tide turns-
gentle breakers wash scale-like
over sunrise sands

© Rowan Joyce all rights reserved

This senryu was inspired by the Mizu No Oto - Haiku Contest, where a picture is used to prompt a haiku. In this case I have taken my prompt from the image used as a thumbnail in this post to create a senryu, which is Japanese form of poetry similar to haiku.

The Mizu No Oto - Haiku Contest (linked above) contains a fantastic tutorial on the traditional aesthetics and technique of Haiku, I recommend checking it out for a master class in that form of poetry.

Although similar to haiku, senryu is more open in subject matter - including the human side of existence - and subjective viewpoint, often incorporating humor and political views. To read more about the difference between Haiku and Senryu please check out my recent post Haiku Vs Senryu - The Aesthetics of Form.

The image used in this post is creative commons licence, linked below the picture. If you have enjoyed this Haiku, please check out my other work on my homepage @raj808.

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