(The increasingly less) Daily senryu thread

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Yikes. Apologies, got caught up in other things again. There’s a strong possibility I may be heading to Japan for business sometime soon which may also affect my ability to keep a daily pace. Shouldn’t be a major issue, but wanted to let people know.

Previous senryu

  1. 臨終を旅立ちとする人の知恵
    The wisdom of / people who see death / as a journey


  • Nobody in my family has replied to my question yet, so I’m still considering this one “pending”. Usually when they are slow to answer it means they are thinking. I’ll force my wife to answer when she finishes work.

  • I know the translation above is valid, but it still doesn’t seem very senryu-like to me and I worry it misses the intent. I still suspect “full of ideas” is more likely than “wisdom” and that this one is about 辞世(じせい) (death poems) or famous quotations from people on their deathbeds (like, “People sure seem to have a lot on their minds during their last moments!”).

Current senryu challenge

Volume: Seniors

  1. 猫に手を貸したいくらい今はひま

Hmm. Fairly simple kanji, at least. I’ve got an idea what it’s about, but I need to ponder this a bit.

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