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Winter 2007, vol 5 no 4
 

SENRYU
Edited by Alan Pizzarelli

 

Humor

 

Obscene call
our old aunt asks,
could you repeat that?

Alexis Rotella

 

tired of sleeping
with a drip
she calls the plumber

Carol Raisfeld

 

Japanese toilet...
just when I've mastered
the iPod

Bob Lucky

 

how did he do it —
the man on the cell phone
at the urinal?

Carlos Colón

 

asking for
the dressing room
at the condom store

Mykel Board

 

her bundle of joy —
worried,
I count backwards

Mykel Board

 

consulting
the cheaper psychologist
telling all

Martin Shea

 

crowded train
the space around
the mumbler

Bob Lucky

 

on a bus he makes room
for the curvaceous blonde...
an old lady sits instead

Gautam Nadkarni

 

expediting his visit
he backs into
the proctologist's office

Carol Raisfeld

 

passing gas
the ceiling fan seems
to pick up a notch

Michael Rehling

 

adventure beckons…
i go camping in the
backyard

Gautam Nadkarni

 

security conscious —
I lock myself out

Garry Eaton

 

Zen Christmas—
        now
is the present

Mankh

 

I buy him two balls —
our dog who
just got neutered.

Alexis Rotella

 

lover's lane
couples busy talking
into their cell phones

Kala Ramesh

 

celebrating
grandpa's 95th birthday
the clown leaves early

Carol Raisfeld

 

his quiet funeral —
a man who did
most of the talking

Barry George

 

everyone left,
she said to me,
and left

Robert Coelho

 

your attention, please!
who can fly this plane
and didn't have the fish?

Carol Raisfeld

 


Credits:

"Obscene call" and "I buy him two balls" from OUCH: Senryu That Bite, Modern English Tanka Press, copyright © 2007 by Alexis Rotella; by permission of the author.

"consulting" from Seer Ox No.2, Michael McClintock editor, copyright © 1975 by Martin Shea; by permission of the author.

"I buy him two balls", from OUCH: Senryu That Bite, Modern English Tanka Press, copyright © 2007 by Alexis Rotella; by permission of the author.

"his quiet funeral" from Frogpond 28.1, copyright © 2005 by Barry George; by permission of the author.


 

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Senryu Illustrations by Donna Foulke

 

 

 

 


Credits:

The above illustrations are based on the following senryu:

At the brassier factory,
the busty receptionist
says "Can we help you?"

Alan Pizzarelli

from Simply Haiku Autumn 2005, vol 3 no 3, SENRYU/Sex topic, copyright © 2004 by Alan Pizzarelli; by permission of the author.



"I'm serious!"
he shouts
wearing a pinwheel hat

Alan Pizzarelli

from Simply Haiku Summer 2006, vol 4 no 2, SENRYU/Things topic, copyright © 2001 by Alan Pizzarelli; by permission of the author.



"drool inwardly!"
she mutters to her husband
on the crowded beach

Alan Pizzarelli

from Senryu Magazine -- out to lunch, River Willow Publications, copyright (c) 2001 by Alan Pizzarelli; by permission of the author.



Senryu illustrations copyright © 2007 by Donna Foulke; by permission of the artist.


 

SATIRE

 

Alan Pizzarelli

 

Old Pontiac —
a drunk jumps in
sound of motor.

Carlos Colón

 

The bore —
she's
early.

Alexis Rotella

 

The old lady frowns
at the length of my skirt —
I hike it up.

Pooja Nansi

 

piano practice
our scowling child plays
Ode to Joy

Tom Painting

 

preaching against falsehoods
the priest adjusts
his new toupee

Elizabeth St Jacques

 

at first
he swears at the bible ~
then he swears by it

Gautam Nadkarni

 

confetti...
promise after promise
from the senator's mouth

Ed Markowski

 

campaign tour
next to the candidate
a steam shovel shovels

Mykel Board

 

a Japanese airhostess
at the end of a long flight says:
Hope you had a nice fright

Gautam Nadkarni

 

Japanese restaurant —
Dad asks for
a fortune cookie

Mykel Board

 

hello grasshopper
on my zucchini   I'm told
you should be removed

Kam Holifield

 

rich velvet cake
with butter cream frosting —
what diet?

Jessica Lafortune

 

super market:
the fat broad reaches for
DIET SELTZER

Anita Virgil

 

short changed
waitress giving a dwarf
the finger

Jörgen Johansson

 

country market
a red-haired girl
clucking at the hens

Marlene Egger

 

listening
with half an ear to
the therapist with a tic

Anita Virgil

 

buying
Your Way to Debt Freedom
with my credit card

Mykel Board

 

all day deposition —
the lawyer's
"at the risk of repeating myself"

Barry George

 

talking divorce
he pours his coffee
then mine

Roberta Beary

 

before Her Honor
cleavage
has no case

LeRoy Gorman

 

a new year
resolve to abstain
is toasted with a drink

Gautam Nadkarni

 


Credits:

"Old Pontiac" from Lynx XI.2 as part of "He Walks on Eggs" renga with Alexis K. Rotella, copyright © 1996 by Carlos Colón; by permission of the author.

"The bore" from OUCH: Senryu That Bite, Modern English Tanka Press, copyright © 2007 by Alexis Rotella; by permission of the author.

"piano practice" from Modern Haiku XXXII:3, copyright © 2001 by Tom Painting; by permission of the author. "preaching" from The Senryu Series, edited by Alan Pizzarelli, Haiku Canada Newsletter, copyright (c) 1990 by Elizabeth St Jacques; by permission of the author.

"hello grasshopper" from Woodshavings, Spring Street Haiku Group, copyright © 1994 by Kam Holifield; every attempt has been made to contact the author. If anyone knows her address, please contact the editor.

"super market" and "listening" from ONE POTATO TWO POTATO ETC, Peaks Press, copyright © 1991 by Anita Virgil; by permission of the author.

"all day deposition" from Haiku Canada Sheet, copyright © 2002 by Barry George; by permission of the author.

"talking divorce" from The Unworn Necklace, Snapshot Press, copyright © 2007 by Roberta Beary; by permission of the author.