Misery in Paradise (Senryu)

Frozen mirthless smile

Misery in Paradise

Tear-filled cenote

One’s state of mind can make a dump a paradise and a paradise a dump.  It is not one’s surroundings that lead to happiness it is how one views it.  That being said, there are places in the world that go hand in hand with bliss, and when one is in these magical spots and is filled with misery, the unhappiness seems so much bleaker.

I am in Kauai, but I count the hours until I can go home, for to be made unhappy in such a place raises unhappiness to a plane all its’ own.  I came for some peace and balance but it eludes me in my present company.

Senryu: same as Haiku structure but the theme is generally related to relationships or feelings while Haiku stresses nature

Betrayal (Pleiades)


Betrayal heists lovelorn
bitter ruminations
beneath joyful veneer.
Burdensome jaded thought
brings depressed spirits low.
Borrow from father time;
better luck tomorrow.

Betrayal takes many forms, but each begin with and Expectation that is disappointed by an Action.

Pleiades: The title is one word.  The first word of the sentence matches the first word in the single title. All first words start with the same letter as the title.  There are 7 lines, each 6 syllables! 


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eX Poetry–eXtricate Life

eXcrement on your tongue
eXcise frosted memories
eXtricated relationship
eXalt found freedom
eXtringuish yearned lost love

My amazing friend  from Kirstin Uninterrupted is writing a poem a day for April poetry month and is using a new poetry form each day alphabetically.  She could not find any poetry form for X so challenged guru poet from Memoirs of a Dragon to create one. True to his genius, he “whipped up” an X poetry form!  Here are the rules, as quoted by the Dragon Himself:
“Since ‘X’ is the 24th letter in the alphabet, and it is also a perfect multiplier of 2, 3 and 4 the number of words in each line should be ascending and then descending….
2 or 4
4 or 2
2 or 4
So that when you go up or down, to the middle, it multiplies out to .. 24!
2x3x4 = 24
4x3x2 = 24
And there must be 5 lines…so a nice little ‘hidden’ sequence of 2,3,4,5 all in a nice short poem! Ah, the math teacher in me … emerges!! LOL!
And to make it a bit more interesting, the ‘HEART’ of the poem, which are the middle 2 words of the ‘heart’ of the poem, should also be .. THE TITLE of the poem!
And by now, the hidden theme within the ‘X’ of the poem should reflect … an EX relationship, or as I might shyly title it….. ‘ eX Poetry’ with the capital letter, on the X, not the e!!!
And if possible, an optimistic ending, for ALL OF US who have experienced an ‘eX’ of any kind and truly need and want, to be optimistic about our futures.”

AWESOME job G! I loved creating this and I added a twist of my own–all first words must start with eX!  AND….it must look like an X!

Frozen (Cinquain)

Frost bite


heart, irregular beat

with slow, thready pulse that leads to


Death by freezing slows the heart, freezes the body from the outside in.  Death from a broken relationship often does the same.  The heart is the last to stay alive, struggling for oxygen and warm blood flow.  But eventually it slows, chills and turns to ice.  For Aunt Jean, RIP.

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Cinquain: 5 lines. Line one: 2 syllables, line two: 4 syllables, line three: 6 syllables, line 4: 8 syllables, line five: 2 syllables

Bipolar Ecstacy (Pleides)

bipolar fairies

Broken dreams, deep despair

Bought with false promises

Bitten twice, hindsight feeds

Bitter consuming thought

Banish saddened pining

Bright effervescent mood

Bipolar ecstasy

This poem focuses on unconstructed thoughts and feelings associated with bipolar disorder based on traumatic life events in my past.

Pleides Poetic form: 7 lines and 6 syllables, the beginning letter of the sentence starts with the same letter as the title.

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Chained (Senryu)

Unwilling room mate

Warden chains bind woeful soul

Amicably sad


Sometimes relationships can be amicable on the surface and deeply sad underneath.  One member may feel chained to the relationship due to children or finances.  This was an attempt to describe these complex feelings with word restraint.

Senryu:  the style is the same as Haiku but the theme is related to feelings and relationships.

Pillowed Grief (Etheree)



Two people

One on each side

Together…. alone

Pretense of happiness

Reality hiding…. grief

Sobbing tears drench this yawning space

Clutching its’ cold inanimate form

Loving hold….fantasy fairy dreams….SOMEDAY


Relationships in difficulties take the stress to bed, and this can be the loneliest part of the sorrow.  This was an attempt to describe the sadness associated with the lonely hours at night.

Etheree: Consists of 10 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 syllables. Etheree can also be reversed and written 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.