a minaret
sharpened by moonlight
distant gunshots


4 Responses

  1. Theresa C. Says:

    Fine work, Chen-ou!

    Theresa C.

  2. Jenny Angyal Says:

    Splendid, Chen-ou!

  3. Autumn Noelle Hall Says:

    WOW–this is a magnificent senryu, Chen Ou. The crispness of the specific imagery coupled with the shot-like sound of all those ending ttt's activates the poem and brings it to life. But more importantly, the astute juxtaposition of the minaret–the Mosque tower from which a muezzin calls worshipers to prayer–with the reality of ongoing war creates a poignant tug between spirit and flesh. This, too, is what is is to be human; and you've captured that sublimity. This poem will remain with me for a long time–thank you for the impact you make with your work.

  4. papagreenbean Says:

    busy bazaar
    from a minaret
    a bird prays for scraps

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