Issue Nine, Poetry

3 Senryū by Lilli J. Matern

Senryū For The Artist

Home is much better

Don’t you agree? Much better

To make art, instead

Senryū For The Music Lover

I do not care for

The shouting in the streets

Give me some Mozart

Senryū For The Homebody

I am a writer

I am not an activist

I’d rather stay home

About the Author

Lilli J. Matern is a writer and occasional poet. Lilli lives in Canada with her family and their senile pet parrot. She spends much of her time either writing or reading. When not writing or reading, Lilli likes to knit and drink tea.

A Senryū is a 3-line unrhymed Japanese poem structurally similar to haiku but treating human nature usually in an ironic or satiric vein. The word senryū means “river willow” in Japanese and is named after the poet and poetry judge Karai Senryū who popularized the form.