Whatever, or: I don’t care anyways


this senryลซ's sad
because I said I only
wrote it for a prompt


This week, for Tanka Tuesday, Colleen Chesebro encourages us to try our hands at writing senryลซ poems. Senryลซ is a Japanese form similar to haiku: three lines with a short-long-short syllable count up to 17 syllables.

Senryลซ are written about human foibles, while haiku are more nature related. Senryลซ can be cynical or humorous. This poem makes the human, not the world around them, the subject of the poem.

Senryลซ are easier to write than haiku. Think about the human condition: sex, family relations, love, religion, politics, and any emotions that touch on the pain we experience through sorrow, prejudice, oppression, anger, and frustration.

-Colleen Chesebro, Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, p. 43

Let’s write poetry together!

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)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

51 thoughts on “Whatever, or: I don’t care anyways”

  1. โ€œTobermory is a valuable cat and a great pet,โ€ said Adelaide ๐Ÿ‘
    Tobermory looked squarely at her for a moment and then fixed his gaze serenely on the middle distance.

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