Tears fall from a young boy’s eyes
As screams fill the house
by Kristi King-Morgan
ABOUT SENRYUS: While most people have heard of a haiku, few people know what a senryu is or know the difference between the two. A senryu follows the same 5/7/5 pattern of a traditional haiku: the first line has 5 syllables, the second line has 7, and the third line has 5. A traditional haiku usually mentions nature or has something about seasons in it, whereas a senryu is about human nature and can be dark or satirical.
Although modern haikus and senryus have largely discarded the 5/7/5 pattern, I prefer to stick to the way I was taught, because change is hard! (I never accepted Pluto's demotion from being a planet, either.)
Edited by August Wright