It’s time again for the April Poem A Day Challenge (via Poetic Asides). For the next 30 days I’ll be writing and posting poetry in celebration of both the challenge and National Poetry Month.

My goal this time around is explore the haiku offshoot, senryu. This form adheres to haiku norms, but focuses on human nature and emotions instead of nature. I’ve dabbled in senryu before, but I find it considerably more difficult to write. I’m open to the challenge and I’ll do my best not to wander off into haiku (but it might inadvertently happen!).

Last year I started the tradition of pairing my PAD Challenge poems with a piece of art and I plan on continuing that tradition this year. So, sit back and enjoy a month of senryu and fine art!

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a cup of coffee
an hour before bed
lying awake


I believed
you could change
the rain falls

watching them debate
thinking there’s truth
a lost vote


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Image: At the Coffee Table – Edvard Munch, 1883,

Words: senryu, c.b.w. 2016

Part of the 2016 April Poem A Day Challenge (via Poetic Asides on Writer’s Digest) for the April 1 prompt: foolish



Haiku At The Movies


With Spring Break well on it’s way, I did a little spring cleaning in my Draft Folder. I found a lot of junk (seriously, what was I thinking??), but I also I found a little gem. Here are a few haikus I wrote back in October for Wednesday Poetry Prompt #328: movies, (via Poetic Asides).

summer moon
glinting on cars
drive-in movie


shrieking monster
fills the screen
popcorn flies

water falls
a scene
in slow motion

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Now off to the closets to give them a good cleaning …

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Image: Tri City Drive-In by Hiroshi Sugimoto,

Words: haiku, c.b.w. 2016



Two Ways to Feel Anger

rain washed sidewalks
anger clings to
each heartbeat

leaves turn color
clinging through snow
red reminders



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Image: Isaac Levitan, Mist. Autumn., 1899,

Words: haiku, c.b.w. 2016. In response to Wednesday Poetry Prompt #342: (blank) ways to (blank), via Poetic Asides.