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Snafu Senryu

By Babs IversonPublished about a month ago 1 min read
Top Story - October 2023
Photo by Spencer Davis on Unsplash

I slipped and stumbled.

Fell on my bun, not in Nile.

Brown streak back of jeans.

Author's notes: Written for the Snafu Senyru Challenge.

The Prompt

Capture the essence of an awkward moment in a senryu poem.

We recognize that some interpretations of our past haiku challenges were actually senryu, not haiku. The Snafu Senryu challenge is about honoring the senryu poetry form in all its painfully human glory. A senryu is a traditional Japanese form of poetry that, like a haiku, consists of three lines with a 5-7-5 syllable pattern. However, while haiku often focus on nature or seasonal changes, senryu revolve around human nature and emotions, often with a humorous or ironic twist.

The theme of this challenge is "awkward moments." Delve deep into those uncomfortable, sticky situations we've all found ourselves in to capture the essence of that experience. A senryu is meant to highlight human quirks and emotions, so ensure your senryu has a personal or emotional touch. Humor, irony, or wit is welcome, though not mandatory.

Oops! Yes, this did happen. Embarrassing!

Thank you for reading. You are appreciated!

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About the Creator

Babs Iverson

Barbara J Iversen, also known as Babs Iverson, lives in Texas and loves her grandkids to the moon and back. After writing one story, she found that writing has many benefits especially during a pandemic and a Texas-size Arctic Blast.

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  • Mariann Carroll19 days ago

    That was very awkward. Egypt certainly left a mark on you !

  • Ah, shi...oot!

  • Onah chideraabout a month ago

    Nice work ❤️ I’m new here hope my stories are good 😊 just like the ways you guys get to top stories

  • The Invisible Writerabout a month ago

    Oh no 🙈

  • StoryholicFindsabout a month ago

    Congrats and I love it! ❤️❤️❤️

  • Kendall Defoe about a month ago

    I guess you could be in de-Nile over this...😐 Okay, terrible joke, but a great TS!

  • Manisha Dhalaniabout a month ago

    Congrats on top story!

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Oh God, that's like extremely embarrassing! Lol. Congratulations on your Top Story!

  • Naomi Goldabout a month ago

    That’s unfortunate, but to be able to travel is such a blessing. Good luck in the challenge and congrats on Top Story. 🥂💕

  • Denise E Lindquistabout a month ago

    Congratulations on top story 🎉🎉🎉 Well deserved 😊💕

  • Dana Stewartabout a month ago

    Congratulations Babs!

  • Alex H Mittelman about a month ago

    Ha. This is funny! Great work and congrats on top story! 💕

  • J. S. Wadeabout a month ago

    Congratulations Babs ! Good one !! 🥰

  • Darkosabout a month ago

    Congratulations to You ☺️On Top story 🥳💜❤️🎉!

  • Lamar Wigginsabout a month ago

    Ugh!!! And no change of clothes in sight. Well done, Babs, Great entry!

  • Awesome ✨ Congratulations on your Top Story😉💯♥️😁🎉

  • Sirin Moniabout a month ago

    Great story

  • Dana Crandellabout a month ago

    Oops! Great entry, Babs!

  • Hannah Mooreabout a month ago

    Well, who knows what that brown stain is on the Nile.

  • Melissa Ingoldsbyabout a month ago

    Very funny! Love this clever Poem Congrats on top story

  • Cathy holmesabout a month ago

    Congrats on the TS.

  • Jay Kantorabout a month ago

    Dear 'b' ~ Don't know a thing about Haiku's but always look forward to what you might come up with next ~ - Arigato - j-bud

  • Real Poeticabout a month ago

    This is golden! Laughing out loud! 👏🏼🤣🤣🤣

  • Naveedabout a month ago

    Congratulations on your Top Story, well deserved Babs

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