Senryu Poetry

What is a Senryu?

Senryu (also called human haiku) is an unrhymed Japanese verse consisting of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables (5, 7, 5) or 17 syllables in all. Senryu is usually written in the present tense and only references to some aspect of human nature or emotions. 

Senryu is often cynical or darkly humorous, while a Haiku is more serious.

List of Senryu Poems

Make Up

 Ruin my lipstick

Not my mascara teared eyes

With firm craze kisses


 I turned a faucet

Suddenly I had to pee

Hand washing is rough

One Percent

 He will break my heart

I am 99% sure

There is still hope though


 Stomach filled with bile

Spew, burning, putrid words that

Slice like flaming swords


 Leeches suck life

Draining me of my essence

Your problems now mine


 You make my ass clench

I am tired of all your shit

It’s Gas? No, it’s you.