A Type of Artist (Senryu)

pen writing gold ink

the artist paints a

happy final dot ending

the new tragic tale


Recently, someone mentioned to me the idea of a writer as an artist – I don’t remember where, or even if it was online or in real life.  Colleen Cheseboro chose ‘sad’ and ‘write’ for her synonyms only Tanka Tuesday this week, and I decided to take a very wide idea of what a synonym could be in this senryu.  I also wanted a feel more upbeat than what will inevitably trend on a week with ‘sad’ as one of the prompt words. 

10 thoughts on “A Type of Artist (Senryu)

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      Colleen Cheseboro has instructions on her site when she does her Tanka Tuesday thing. I’m not very experienced in writing poetry, so doing something very structured like this will hopefully help me.

  1. Dewin Nefol says:

    Namaste HRR 🙂

    I don’t profess to understand the intricacies of different form, but enjoy the expansion of ideas – a cerebral challenge – flowing from distilled poetry-styles. The poet as an artist – well indeed, why not? Both impress a mood upon the ‘observer’ by pressing themselves against our soul.

    I once knew an art lecturer, who in a bid to remove all convention from their work, ended their career: they regarded mark-making as a convention, indeed the very act of picking up a mark-making instrument was a convention. One wonders quite how they enjoyed success as a lecturer when solely reliant upon words – a common convention – to convey information and express themselves.

    Thank you for my introduction to the Senryu.

    Namaste 🙂


      • Dewin Nefol says:

        Namaste HRR 🙂

        Thank you – I hovered on the link deciding if being bound and tethered by formal style suits me but I’ve bookmarked the page and will likely take a peek. There is always reward to be found in engaging in such an exercise – the distillation and compression of words heightens precision with word choice – also expanding one’s vocabulary – hence understanding the ‘depth’ of words – is always beneficial.

        Happy New Year!

        Namaste 🙂


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