Senryū is a Japanese form of short poetry similar to haiku in construction: three lines with 17 morae (syllables). Senryū tend to be about human foibles while haiku tend to be about nature, and senryū are often cynical or darkly humorous while haiku are more serious. Wikipedia
Continuing my own experimentations with a variety of different verse forms, here is my second attempt at a SENRYU . . .
A fear of failure Stifles resolve and stunts growth. Face up to success.
Wisdom in making choices The difference between success and failure That or This I fancy that On a whim Going by my hunch Informed by research by feeling by preconceived idea by suggestion by prior study or by experience. Always too many choices Myriads of multiplicities And all with no return from choices made
How to tell Truth from falsehood Heaven from Hell Real from fake I know them well But how distinguish When needs must Worm from snake Ashes from dust Success from failure Love from lust Doubt from certainty Dependence from trust
But try as I must My heart to trust My beclouded eye Can neither vilify nor verify And while discernment strives Doubt to dispel My true self dithers While confidence withers And I am left Indecisive Of certainty bereft
Each day this week I will publish a short 4-line verse, each one commencing with a well-known line, sometimes adapted to suit the context, from a renowned published poem. The general theme is that of Isolation.
Thomas Gray: Pastiche #5
( ‘Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard by Thomas Gray )