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Having Fun, Japanese-style

May 18, 2016

You know how it is. You’re going about your daily round – collecting a prescription perhaps, sipping a cappuccino or waiting for a train – when something seen or overheard trips you into a moment of bubbling mirth.  At such moments I sometimes scribble something down purely for the fun of it and find the ancient Japanese verse forms Tanka and Senryu great for this purpose.  Here are three examples that have escaped the bin.

Have a great day.

 

TANKA

a seven-foot youth

trendy beard and skinny jeans

decorously cool,

he files his nails manfully

and sneezes on the dust

 

SENRYU

harsh calls of

greater-hooded booze-swilling yobs –

a millionaire’s party

 

SENRYU

a florid bald “Hi”

the stranger thinks I’m his mate

toes in flip-flops waggling

 

Copyright © Paul Beech 2016

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2 Comments
  1. Wonderful “found” moments, Paul Like those that French artists call “objets trouvés.” I especially got a good chuckle over the first one!

    • Hi Cynthia, glad you like my wee poems and love the comparison with “objets trouvés”. Humour found in ordinary human behaviour; aesthetic value found in commonplace objects – yes, I see the parallel. It’s all in the eye of the beholder, isn’t it?

      Thank you for your very interesting comment.

      Paul

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