One Walk One Poem ～ Sanpo Senryu
After wrapping up self-isolation periods and so on,
How are you getting along with your “With Corona” lifestyle?
Personally, the time I spend walking around my neighborhood has gone up.
Walking along a river nearby my attention turns to the seasonal flora,
I appreciate the varying rays of light in morning, at noon and dusk,
And I gaze on as an old lady walks her dog.
Suffice to say, I’m enjoying a laid-back lifestyle.
That being said, my walking route has become fixed,
And has started to become a touch too routine.
It was as I began to feel this way that I happened to read some poetry of the Haiku and Senryu variety and thought to myself,
Oh, these are pretty amusing!
It was then that I began to take the sights from my walks, the seasons, the city, and the people, and turning them into verse.
Haiku take some concentration to write and are a bit too rigid and formal though, requiring the inclusion of a seasonal word and so on. So instead, I’ve taken to writing Senryu, like the one below, which are much more free-form.
“With Corona”, nature’s stinging cold air, my walking route.
“Online Classes”, blinking weary eyes, time for a nap.
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