Soundless Confession

I am confessing.

I am louder when
my mouth is locked,
when my tongue
is still and numb—
a willing prisoner
inside the jail of
sharp, tough teeth
guarded by a pair
of soft, stubborn lips
firm to never let
a single word escape.

I am confessing.

My throat and
vocal chord are as
parched as Sahara
in blazing September,
yet I need not
any monsoon rain.
This pen will carry
the voice unheard and hiding.
Never will it dry even when
no one’s listening.

I am confessing.
Read. Don’t listen.

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Photo via Unsplash

In response to dVerse Sounds of Silence.

Sea Shells: A Senryu

Silence of sea shells
against the roaring blue waves,
peace amid chaos.

Photo credit: Unsplash

In response to OctPoWriMo 2016 by Morgan Dragonwillow‘s Day 28.


So if you are wondering if a 3 line, 17 syllable poem is Haiku or Senryu, you can pretty much place the serious poem in the Haiku column and the more human, humorous poems as the Senryu. (but there are humorous Haiku and serious Senryu, go figure..)

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.