My friend Shiloh, a lot of you know Shiloh, dared me to write some forms of Japanese poetry after I told her that I do not write good verse poetry. I don’t class the Japanese forms in with verse poetry because they follow different forms and philosophies the European-based poetic forms. So here are the poems I did write, using the Senryu, Tanka, and Lanturne forms of Japanese poetry.
Cross the floor
He’s on the hunt.
With my dancing.
Laughter in symbols
Sorrow in harsh silences
Hope does not spring here
Love’s petals are withered, sere
Dreams do not flourish down here.
When it’s not sought.
Devours the Light.
These are my attemnpts, you can find Shiloh’s at http://sunnydreamer.net/2010/japanese-styles.shtml. I hope you enjoy them, and find some inspiration in them.