Day 20 NaHaiWriMo 2018

writing while he drives
sailing across the plains
in an iron wagon
Yesterday’s prompt was “a gentle rocking motion”. I took my mom to her 2nd Chemo, which means she is halfway done! I am not sure, but this may be a senryu since there isn’t really a nature element. Is sailing nature?

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Emerge from the Dark


naked men tower
monsters emerge from the dark
women find their voice

  November 30, 2017


I wrote this senryu in wake of all of the women finally speaking up, or rather, speaking louder about sexual assault, rape, and being sexually harassed by a public figure. I realize more every day how lucky I am to NOT be a rape victim. I have had friends who were, which is why I write poetry about it. Also, apparently many of my favorite actors and singers are victims. I publish these pieces so those people know that they are heard.

2014 Senryu


a new me
my sunburn has peeled
July 2014


The picture above was taken in 2014. It is hard to find pictures of me by myself so here is one of me and my husband.

I don’t know why I haven’t shared all of my 2014 haiku with you guys, but I haven’t. I tried to go back through my old haiku in April, which is National Poetry Month and share all of the haiku that I had been too scared to share. Some of it I hadn’t shared because I was waiting for a good post, or a cute story to go with it and it never came so I shared without words. Leave me a comment and tell me if you prefer posts with just the poems and no words.

Senryu with Icing on Top


buttercream icing
my childhood birthday parties
homemade cake by aunt Beck


I can’t taste homemade icing without thinking of my Aunt Beckie.

Nice Senryu

everyone wants an
honest answer from us
as long as it’s nice

So this is not really haiku, and I almost erased it except that people on Twitter liked it so much. This may be senryu, but I think it’s a stretch. Read the definition for senryu on my What is Haiku? page and tell me what you think in the comments on this post.


Paradoxical Poem

world war 1, world war I museum and memorial, sphinx,

WWI museum
man with a German accent
takes our tickets




Day 6 NaHaiWriMo 2017

an open door
with no lock to shut it
God is my way maker


Today’s poem is a senryu, but it is all I could come up with. I kept thinking of verses out of the Bible. Today’s prompt was “a door” yesterday’s prompt was “beckoning.”

Do remember that haiku are usually not written in three sentence fragments, or one complete sentence. There is usually one fragment and a phrase in the other two lines. The fragment is separated by a kireji, or a cutting word. The word should be so strong that the reader takes a mental pause as they are reading your haiku. I am trying to accomplish this with my poetry this year in National Haiku Writing Month. 

If you would like to learn more, then go to my What is Haiku? page. Also, stop by the Facebook page where most of us poets meet to get a prompt and share our work.

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Symanntha Renn

Senryu in the Flesh

she is digitized
she is not real flesh and blood
it’s not cheating



I wanted to share one of my more edgy haiku. I like to write senryu and other poems that are about modern situations when I can. Once again I hesitated to share a haiku for fear it would be taken the wrong way. My husband has never cheated on me, and I’ve never cheated on him, but that doesn’t mean I don’t know how to write about cheating. It doesn’t mean that I don’t see the effects that cheating has on people that I know.

Unstable Senryu

rose in window sill,single bud,rose bud,flowers in winter,rose against snow,

 the chemicals

in my brain unstable

nuclear winter



I wrote this during National Haiku Writing Month. but I don’t think that I shared it.

Will you be writing haiku during February this year?? I think I will try to write a post one every day. I may do so without comments to make it easier on myself this year. Instead of giving you all kinds of links and explanations I will just post my haiku. If you want to figure out what I am doing there are tons of posts on my blog like this one to explain it fully.

Ticking Senryu

sun dial,huge clock,big clock,outside clock,over-sized clock,

the ball drops
new goals and aspirations
the clock starts to tick


So have you made any goals for the New Year? If you made a blogging or writing goal I’d love to hear about it in the comments. I made the resolution that I want to write 1 poem every day. Even if it sucks. If I can’t squeeze a poem out of myself then I at least need to write posts for my blog.

Also, don’t forget that it’s International Blog Delurking week!


New Haiku

new traditions
started in old houses
for the new year

January 1, 2016

New haiku for a new year. I hope you are enjoying the start to this year.


Exercising Senryu


newfangled sprayer
filling buckets with water
more exercise that way


Whenever things get difficult physically, I try to console myself with the fact that at least I am getting exercise.