These little gems of wisdom are a Japanese form of short poetry. Similar to Senryu in construction, they have three lines and contain 17 ‘syllables.’ Senryu are cynical or humorous and tend to be about human nature. Haiku are more serious. Neither form rhyme.

Great Expectations

We had some Hard Times
reading David Copperfield
but what the Dickens!
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Cot Death

Each year, once a year
the hole in her heart implodes
leaking salty tears.
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L * O * V * E

Love is the only
four letter word that my gran
allows in her house.
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The racehorse

eleven hundred
pounds of graceful thoroughbred
deciding my fate.
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The thief

disguised as a friend
who is with us forever
old age steals our youth.
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The Butterfly

breathtaking splendour
Picasso-esque brilliance
sugar-spun frailty
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Sir Billy Connolly (The Big Yin)

Parkinson's cruelty
only equalled by
Connolly's genius.
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Two horse race

Two horses, None and One
had a race. None won.
One was second to None.
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we live in a unique dream
and will wake up
on our glorious death.
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A summer breeze

gentle as a caress
silent as a whisper
stirring memories.
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drowning in a sea of
despair or floating on
an ocean of hope?
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Climate Change

global emissions
degrees of slow death
mother earth weeps her warm tears.
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the fleeting moment
holding on to your dreams
before life revives you.
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Child Abuse

power, torn trust, secret place
physical trauma
mental pain, threats, shame.
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intransigent beliefs
cause of everything
solution to nothing
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regret, a luxury
both can't afford if
we want to move forward.
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towards our children can be
mistaken for wealth.
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fifty point two percent
of all statistics
are made up on the spot.
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don't want to kill myself
but sometimes wonder
if life's worth this effort.
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Green eyes
eyes, green as ripe limes
sensual as sin
hinting at intimacy.
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he stroked the smooth cheeks
biting gently on the flesh
of the nectarine
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is life a journey
to be endured or
an adventure to be cherished.
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happiness, depression
simply states of mind
but what a difference.
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pride, the thing we feel
when our children do something
which we can not do.
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tried a new recipe
corned beef, onions and spuds
made a hash of it.
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time, unstoppable
laughing, mocking, teasing
finite, squandered, precious.
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positive role model
disabled soldier
awesome resilience.
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children mirroring
with scary accuracy
our journey through life.
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warm shower, cold bathroom, steam
warm wife, cold husband
probably divorce.
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Chalk and Cheese
crackers for my tea
with blue stilton chalk
it was certainly different.
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Amsterdam train driver
is saved by whale's tail
that's a whale of a tale.
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All Blacks
all blacks rugby team
gesturing screaming Haka

Haka, a traditional ritual performed by the
New Zealand 'All Blacks' rugby team before a match.
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Flintstones not watched in Dubai
although people in
Abu Dhabi do.
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Foreign Languages
Lancashire expression
big do's and little do's
they do talk rubbish
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from the minute we are born
we begin to die
there's a cheery thought
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music is the food of love
please play for me  a
chicken Marsala
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horror, sci-fi, fiction
you couldn't make it up.
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people performing
their ordinary jobs

not politicians then?

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totally opposite
the natural order
this bird in a cage.
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ashes to ashes
dust to dust let me push up
not weeds but flowers
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The Park
couldn't be easier
mood lifting therapy
a walk in the park
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freedom of speech meets
religious extremism
Paris atrocity
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mental health menace
we're all social animals.
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from cradle to grave
in the blink of an eye
tempus fugit time flies.
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Fish and Chips
fish chips and mushy peas
sorted out my life
like you would not believe.
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The face
this wrinkled old face
in the shaving mirror
reflecting my whole life.
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Careful what you wish for
winter twenty nineteen
I'm sick of the news
it's nothing but Brexit.
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Boris speaks today
he has a cunning plan
borrowed from Black Adder.
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The Garden
an hour in the garden
reconnect with nature
music for the mind.
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cinemas sport crowds
social interaction
do you remember when?
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invisible problem
socially excluded
deaf as a fish
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The Scammer
love was in her heart
was in her fat bank account.
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Nothing worse
broken nail, nothing worse
fire? flood? fear? famine?
world war? pandemic?
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The waiter
"Here waiter," I said
"I'll give you a tip.
Take your thumb out of my soup."
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Sexual abuse
Happening again
Morally bankrupt churches.
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You can beat an egg
Or beat a person
But will not, ever, beat love.
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Which gear is going up?
So is down up then?
Teaching wife to cycle.
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Manx, Sphynx, Siamese
Pug, Cairn, Labrador
It's raining cats and dogs.
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Black lives matter
Black people equal
One small step for man
A giant leap for mankind
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If men are from Mars
And women from Venus
Who comes from planet Earth?
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WiFi, dongle, blue teeth
Grandson says I need
Will my dentist fit them?
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The conqueror

Veni, vidi, vici
I came, I saw, I conquered
Just showing off.

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Invisible killer
Cowardly opponent
You will not beat us.
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Three little lines

Three lines of poetry
Seventeen syllables
Voila a haiku
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Magnificent Seven

They've had to disband
The magnificent seven
Covid rules state six.
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Haiku make me laugh
They don't rhyme or anything
Which is a bit weird.
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Seasonal Change

stunning mother nature
fresh frock every day
have you met my wife?
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