19. Senryu/Haiku on Zen Parable Tigers + Strawberry

A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger after him.
Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of a wild vine and swung himself down
over the edge. The tiger sniffed at him from above. The man looked down to
where, far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him. Only the vine
sustained him.
Two mice, one white and one black, little by little, started to gnaw away the
The man saw a luscious strawberry near him. Grasping the vine with one hand,
he plucked the strawberry with the other.
How sweet it tasted!           

#Zen #senryu #haiku

As unexpected

appears insurmountable

pause relax reflect

18. Random Haiku Senryu Tanka posted on twitter 12/15/2019

#haikuchallenge #haiku @Poetrypea

glazed snow shell reflects

tree branches ice stalactites

monochrome silence

#TankaThursdays #tanka

endings beginnings

December January

most convivial

the young and the young at heart’s

seasonal festivities  

 #haikuchallenge #haiku #senryu

among leaf bared trees

the dark green of pines and firs

under a red sky

(‘tis the season)

#senryu #haiku #quotes #politics

differing questions

pragmatists and theorists

one world existence

“Life is a comedy for those who think and a tragedy for those who feel.” ~ Horace Walpole 1717-1797

#Zen #senryu #haiku #iching

tiger and dragon

dispute to achieve balance

ageless Yin and Yang

use mind as mirror

grasp nothing, refuse nothing

receive all, keep none

16. Random Haiku Senryu Tanka posted on twitter (10/21/2019)

#haikuchallenge #senryu #haiku @ThePoetryPea

Forest seclusion

early Fall morn ambience

awakened senses

#perspective #obvious #senryu #haiku

fought with countless words

politics’ opinion wars

never to be won

annoyed to enjoyed

criticizing the critics

a simple pleasure

#Zen #senryu #haiku (retweet)

Journey for proven

as circumstances mastered

disregard all else

All is connected

now abruptly realized

completing journey

Full of clarity

returning to beginning

empty and open

#USMC #Vietnamwar  #warpoets #tanka


shipboard reveille

all hands heave out and trice up

steak and egg breakfast

helicopter lifts off deck

perfect view land air and sea

copter touches down

high power rifle cracks air

jungle labyrinth

leaping out through turbulence

we are at calm in this storm

(BLT 3/5’s Marine Corps mood in 1966)


as gulls dive and shriek

waves crash and melt on the shore

amid winds’ bluster

a walking meditation’s

energetic melody

15. Random Haiku & Senryu posted on twitter (10/2019)

#haikuchallenge #haiku #senryu
shrouded by complex
simple clear verses comment
on the obvious
#haikuchallenge #haiku #senryu
scurrying squirrels
autumn breeze releasing leaves
nature setting pace
#fakenews #political #senryu #haiku
apparent to all
petty gossip purveyors
broadcast masquerade
#iching #senryu #haiku
(earth over sky)
with Tranquility
the small goes and the great comes
auspicious success
#monoku #haiku #Socrates #quote

“comic and tragic lie inseparably close like light and shadow”
#simplicity #senryu #haiku
pseudo intellectuals
faux complexities
#saturdaythoughts #haiku #senryu
through historic time 
political theorists  
believe own theories
#politics #senryu #haiku
on all ships of fools
passing the crew physical
requires neurosis
#twittertrends #haiku #senryu
Screening to avoid
thoughts from and for cluttered minds
much faster these days

13. Random Haiku & Senryu posted on Twitter

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favorite seasons

change the rhapsodies of life

familiar renewed

mankind’s neighborhood’s

enjoy invention of spring

marked on calendar

Thoughts from past to now

same thoughts with new reasonings

singled and unique

haiku senryu

traditional disciplines

modern medium

(#politics #haiku #senryu)

humans’ historic

continued technology


(“The people may be made to follow a path of action, but they may not be made to understand it.” Confucius 551-479 BCE)

pointless attitudes

skeptical skills and virtues

endless platitudes

Politics’ current

intelligence insulting

provocation theme


one group’s contentment

is reason for the other

group’s discontentment

realists, idealists

death, taxes, war and the poor

certainties of life

social media

amplifies cold civil wars’

heated discussions

goals to a full life


food clothing shelter

always persevere

life’s enjoyed events eclipse

life’s endured ordeals

Zen mind poet mind

writing mind practicing mind

all is the same mind

don’t see self as self

in the phantoms of the mind

hope’s hollow as fear

There is perfection

and there is imperfection

and that is perfect

The solitary

journey to enlightenment

span millennia

fulfill interests

be self-taught self-accomplished

thinking for yourself

The ancient masters

need not be imitated

just seek what they sought

from historic earth

an eternal universe

out of nothingness

(#USMC #vietnamwar #warpoets #haiku)

changing circumstance

instant battle reaction

warrior’s trained mind

(“One who excels at warfare compels men and is not compelled by others.”-Sun Tzu-BCE)

Crafted syllables

from diverse thoughts liken to

varied iceberg tips