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. They possess no references to the natural world and thus stand out from nature/seasonal haiku.
The 5/7/5 rule was made up for school children to understand and learn this type of poetry. For an in depth description of Haiku, please visit the Shadow Poetry Haiku, Senryu, and Tanka section. There is much more to senryu than the madeup 5/7/5 version.
Please see Shadow Poetry for more information.
He’s bewitching me,
I don’t perceive his allure.
He hides fatal flaws.
Lips to lips, regard,
Eyes which fascinate appeal,
His intentions veil.
He fails to grasp pain is real,
He wounds without thought.
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