Serene Sea: A Senryu*


Serene Sea: A Senryu*

you’re a serene sea,
sometimes your screams sink me, yet
always, you save me.

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

Photo credit: Charlie Harutaka

In response to Sonya of Only 100 Words‘ Three Line Tales Week Ten.

If you want to join (it’s not too late and it is surely fun), here are the simple rules:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt.
  • Link back to this post.
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so we can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • Have fun.


The Senryu is:

  • a poem in 3 lines or less.
  • syllabic, 17 syllables or less.
  • commonly written in 3 lines but can be written in 2 lines and can be written with fewer syllables, never more.
    • L1 5 syllables describes image.
    • L2 7 syllables, adds conflicting image or expands first image
    • L3 5 syllables provides insight (the ah ha! moment)through a juxtaposed image.
  • written as a natural human experience in language that is simple, humorous, sometimes bawdy or vulgar.
  • presented with an energy or liveliness in the focus and choice of words
  • often humorous
  • written in the moment.
  • an imagist poem (draws the humor from the image)
  • untitled but can be #ed.

39 thoughts on “Serene Sea: A Senryu*”

  1. You can’t have just one. Sometimes it’ll be frustrating and sometimes it’ll be beautiful. It’s the whole package 🙂 You’ve written it in a beautiful way, of course 😀

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      1. I’ve been on water as smooth as glass and lost in another world. I looked over my shoulder and saw the the raging waters approaching at lightning speed. I made it to shore just in time before the lovely water morphed into a treacherous beast. There are a lot of similarities between the sea and personal relationships. 🙂

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