Saturday, April 09, 2022

NPM 2022 - Day 9

Today's poem is written to a Christmas card my Great Uncle Ray sent to my grandparents. As a child I remember thinking how romantic it must have been to spend Christmas in Paris, not once focusing on the fact that this was during a time of war. (This card was sent after the liberation of France in 1944). Now when I see this card I think more of the incredible resilience of the people. Of course now, I can't help but think of the people of Ukraine.

This poem is written as a senryu. Senryu is a three line poem written in the 5-7-5 form like haiku. While haiku focus on nature, senryu focus on human foibles. You can read more about senryu at How to Write Senryu Poems: Understanding the Senryu Form.

I hope you'll come back tomorrow and see what new inspiration I've found for a poem. Until then, you may want to read previous poems in this series. I'm also sharing these poems on my Instagram in case you want to see them all in one place. 

April 1 - Senryu to a photo of my grandmother as a child
April 2 - Haiku to my mother's recipe
April 3 - Dodoitsu to a war memento
April 4 - Choka to my mother's engagement announcement
April 5 - Gogyohka to the receipt for my mother's engagement ring
April 6 - Senryu to a student's drawing of my dad
April 7 - Tanka to a photo of my grandmother and her mother by a car
April 8 - Dodoitsu to a piece of V-mail from my great uncle 

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