July 4, 2020

A monument falls
Rioters have no remorse
What happened this fourth?

 

 

Summer 2020

Sunny days are here!
The beach is ideal and near.
It’s Fall already?

 

 

Day Dreaming

A warm summer day
That should be spent at the bay.
Not at work this way!

 

 

Matt O’Hays is a freelance writer.  He lives and works in Gainesville, Florida.


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3 Responses

  1. E. V. Wyler

    These are enjoyable. I have to confess that I Googled the difference between a Haiku and a Senryu. They are very similar in their structure: 3 lines with a 5-7-5 syllable count. The main basic difference is that Haiku’s are more nature-oriented while Senryu’s focus on human behavior, sometimes with a humorous twist. If someone has more information to share, that would be great.

    I found this link helpful in explaining the difference:

    https://www.masterclass.com/articles/how-to-write-senryu-poems#what-is-senryu-poetry

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  2. Margaret Coats

    Well done, Matt, in all three. While these poems based on a Japanese form don’t call for rhyme, you emphasize that your work takes its place in English language tradition by featuring rhyme or sounds near to rhyme (remorse/fourth). By calling the poems senryu, you signal your intent to focus on human nature, but there is enough seasonal determination in each for them to be read as haiku.

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