Inner senryu, or: Haiku

Dear Haiku, pray, how do you do?
Day after day, my heart yearns for you.
Such a hard pill to swallow;
All my jokes feel so hollow;
Must our relationship really be through?
in wintry waters
needy anglerfish cling on;
rainbow trout solo
Can't you recall all the fun we once had?
Those pranks you would pull in our pad?
Before your nature studies,
We were lovers and buddies;
Your new seriousness makes me so sad.
cold darkness fading
distant horizon aglow
long shadows recall
Yes, yes! There's that smile in your eyes!
Come! Enough with the humorless sighs!
You were my senryu,
The witty one I wooed...
Please - don't let genius bring about our demise.
scientist, beaming,
discovers... nay! recaptures
love, laughter, purpose


Whenever d’Verse invites us to share poems of our choosing with our poetry community, I tend to select works of mine from many months ago. However, in response to this week’s prompt, I’m opting, for the first time, to share a poem that I completed and published just today.

I simply had a lot of fun crafting this particular poem, and I’d like to share it with you on this April Fool’s Day. I do hope you enjoy it! 😁

All best,

56 thoughts on “Inner senryu, or: Haiku”

  1. Scientists do that
    So so amazing
    But yes of course they do

    Lovely how you fashioned your haikus within a friendship and love story

    Nature and human are so compatible
    like haiku and senryu

    May love and friendship be long long long…

    Blessed weekend ahead

  2. What a delightful pairing of limericks and haikus, David! ❀ The photo is priceless. πŸ™‚ The post also touches on the interesting issue of science vs. art. I believe both require creative thought and both are a search for truth.

    Have a great day, David! πŸ™‚

      1. It’s all the same to me, David. ❀ I don't like to be restricted to nature themes as in the pure haiku form. Although I do like writing about nature, I am also interested in interpersonal, philosophical, and many other themes.

        1. I mean, I’m not dating either, and it’s not that different poetic tastes necessarily translates to relationship incompatibility. But I think this question would greatly improve first date conversations!
          Shabbat Shalom!

  3. Such fun for a limerick and haiku to have a conversation through their respective forms of poetry. This is an enjoyable read — and the line “don’t let genius bring about our demise.” is so golden, it shines.

      1. … for some reasons I could not read it properly/did not see it as formatted earlier. Nice. But I am stuck with my political experimentla haiku-sequence. For now.

  4. Wow, this was incredible! You’ve used haikus and limericks and combined them so flawlessly and the theme is so beautiful and slightly funny too!πŸ‘πŸ˜‚ A brilliant start to National Poetry Month!

  5. Fun fun for this April Fools’ Day. Loved these words most: “Your new seriousness makes me so sad.” …. oh yes. We all do need to keep a little fun in our days!
    Clever write!

  6. An interesting and fun combination of limericks and haiku, David, especially as you are addressing haiku in your limericks! A bit Edward Lear, a bit Lewis Carroll. I really like the anglerfish haiku.

    1. Thanks, Kim. I think about forms a lot, and how they have their own voices… and this idea just came to me, as I was sitting at the keyboard, unexpectedly.


  7. This is such a brilliantly woven, delightful poem πŸ˜€ Enjoyed it immensely πŸ’

  8. I love this, David! It’s amazing to me the emotional spectrum I journey reading your writing. And then to see that spectrum brought down into one piece with such precision and playfulness. Love it!

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