Senryu: Memories-Sweet & Sour

The theme for #TankaTuesday this week is memories: sweet & sour. Here is my senryu series.

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a full glass of wine
uncorks old
fantasies of him

the sweetness
of watermelon—

shaky endings of

© Colleen M. Chesebro

38 thoughts on “Senryu: Memories-Sweet & Sour

      1. And i was bopping my head…. I got caught looking at bird as nature and well…. then I got confused! 🤷🏻‍♀️hopefully I’ll remember next time and review the wonderful cheat sheet for the 1,000th time. lol ❤️

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    1. LOL!! Only if there is NO OTHER word that will work. I worked on this for two hours… if you can think of a better word for “endings” that gives the same meaning let me know. I know there will be times when you have to use an ing “ending.” But if you are using ing words to only fill the syllable count that is not favorable to our poetry. My rule still stands to not use ing endings. Does that make sense? ❤


      1. I understood. I thought in senryu we can use that is why I asked you. if I don’t get particular word then I was changing full phrase. Thank you for making me understand 🙂

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        1. People get lazy and use the ing ending as a way to satisfy the syllable count. But in reality, we all know that sometimes there is no other word that will work. Do your best. ❤


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