Rain, Starlight, or: Breathe

This year, I am attempting to become active on Twitter after having created an account last year to post 365 micropoems. Among other things, this means I will be responding to Twitter poetry prompts. Initially, I wasn’t planning on x-posting those here, but then I realized: if I don’t save my Twitter poems elsewhere, I’ll never again be able to find all of them.

Of course, I have written and will write plenty more Twitter poems that I’m not especially attached to, but I don’t want to lose the ones that speak to me. Below, I’m sharing three recent senryus I’m fond of. Each was a response to a one-word prompt:


Jewish tradition
directed t'wards Israel
~ hence the #rain prayers


consumed by #starlight,
the last of humanity
didn't get too far


unable to #breathe
pneumonia diagnosed

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When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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33 thoughts on “Rain, Starlight, or: Breathe”

  1. Your last micro poem there was just brilliant David and sad too! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Œ

  2. I’m so glad you put these on WP as I am not a fan of Twitter and have so far avoided that platform. That last one is heartbreaking…

  3. What a powerful trio, and each so unique. I think I’ll look you up on Twitter (I have an account but I never use it for anything). Impressive poetry as always, David. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. my problem (I’m relatively new to Twitter) is that I don’t like the idea of having to search for them later… here on my blog, it’s easy to find them because they’re all in one place. But Tweets are only chronological, basically, and there’s one feed (no menus, etc.)


        1. well, the thing is, I’m writing poetry on Twitter in response to various Twitter prompts, which I’m not immediately posting to my blog.

          On this blog, I only upload 2 or 3 posts every 24 hours, but with Twitter, I post multiples times per day, including retweets and prompt responses…


  4. Good idea David, and these are well worth keeping! Iโ€™m trying to become more active on Twitter and writing poetry over there too and enjoying the smaller poems and reposting my favourites to the blog as well for keepsakes.

      1. Thank you!!!!
        Sometime after I had sent you the above comment I realised that we already follow one another on Twitter. And that you have also generously retweeted my poetry! I do apologise for my absent mindedness ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜Š it’s been a long day…๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜ฌ…as usual! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™ƒ
        Many blessings dear soul
        And much success always โค

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