Senryu Poem – Eternal Pride
I recently learned about a form of poetry called senryu. It is similar to haiku in that it is unrhymed and 17 syllables or less. The difference is in theme. A senryu is supposed to be a bit satirical or ironic, and to be about human nature or human artifacts.
Artifacts? That’s right up my alley of interest! 🙂
I was looking through my personal photos from my trip to Egypt, and one really stuck in my mind. The Sphinx, which of course I wrote about earlier. But this time, I focused on the face of the Sphinx. There are certainly some interesting stories about how the great statue lost it’s nose. Yet, I can’t help but think of one particular old adage when I look at the massive chip in the stone features: “cut off your nose to spite your face”.
So, here is my first (and hopefully not too lame) attempt at a senryu poem about spite.
rigid with cold pride,
yet spitefully nosing
into the sharp sand
Lynda Gail Alfano