Waiting at a corner of the room

Waiting at a corner of the room (a Senryū)

Go, go look after 
your siblings and the cafe 
Pa's waiting for me.

This Senryū is about a mother telling her children to go home. She reminded them to look after their younger siblings and their coffee shop. This lady pointed to her late husband waiting at a corner of the ICU room.

grayscale photography of sitting man
Waiting… (Photo by Alessio Cesario on Pexels.com)


  1. “Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.” – Buddha
  2. No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet, death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it, and that is how it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It’s life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.” – Steve Jobs


Perception varies

Perception varies. (A Senryū)

Photo by Brady Knoll on Pexels.com

Oh, what a beauty!

Nah, so boring and stupid!

Perception varies!


Oh, so pitiful!

You are more so than he is,

More than you realize!



“People see what they want to see and what people want to see isn’t always the truth.” Roberto Bolano

“The more I see, the less I know for sure.”
― John Lennon

The goldfish’s mouth

The goldfish’s mouth ( A Senryū)

sea people water ocean
Gold dropping out of goldfish’s mouth? (Photo by Saeed Khokhar on Pexels.com)

why aren’t you talking?

because there’s a precious gold

inside goldfish’s mouth?


Trusting Tuesday and school bullies

Trusting Tuesday and school bullies (A Senryū )

I did not take it!
I swear! I’m telling the truth!
Nothing but the truth!


Tom witnessed a boy on the toilet floor pleading innocence.
The bullies were kicking him for stealing a mobile phone.
Did the school believe him?
Would Tom be the next victim if he had reported?


  1. Three things cannot long be hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. – Confucius
  2. If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.- – Mark Twain.
  3. The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.- John F. Kennedy

Fry me a fish

cheerful women cooking together in kitchen
Fry me a fish (Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels.com)

Fry me a fish ( a Senryū)


Get the shield ready!

Careful; sizzle, hiss, pop, pop!

Fry fish, not your skin!


I love fried fish. But I hate frying fish!

This Haiku tells of many young girls’ war in the kitchen, learning how to fry food in hot oil, I would arm myself with a kuali’s cover to avoid the crackling oil!


The Elephant in the Room- Teenaged Pregnancies

The Elephant in the Room- Teenaged Pregnancies

(A poem –Senryū)

There is this big elephant in the room but no one sees it or wants to talk about it!

The Elephant in the Room

Teenaged pregnancies

with fathers still in college

small babe with ‘big babe’!


Social ills: teenaged pregnancy, gangs, children with behavioural problems. All these things can be alleviated if kids got more physical activity for starters. – Edwin Moses

Can you find my temper?

Can you find my temper? (A Senryū)

beauty blur cold cute
It’s brewing…(Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com)

Step on her again?

Watch out, her temper’s brewing!

don’t let her lose it!


Note this aunt’s advice

“When she is angry with you

Don’t fan the fire!”

… least it explode!


‘Don’t fan the fire’ means don’t argue back, go hide in your room, or go out for a walk. Talk when things cool down!


“When I lose my temper, honey, you can’t find it any place.”
― Ava Gardner

“When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, an hundred.”
― Thomas Jefferson

“When anger rises, think of the consequences.” — Confucius

Honey, have you seen my glasses?

Honey, have you seen my glasses? ( A Senryū)

selective focus photo of silver key beside brown smoking pipe and clear eyeglasses
Have you seen my glasses? (Photo by Sam on Pexels.com)

I left it right here!

“Have you seen my spectacles?”

“There, it’ s on the shelf!”


Dad found it again!

“cos he’s the one who kept it!”

In case I lose it!


Have you experienced this hide and seek game at home? Unintentionally?

Forgetfulness and mindfulness

Forgetfulness and mindfulness ( A Senryū)

stainless steel cookware on stove
Is the gas off? (Photo by Oleg Magni on Pexels.com)

Have I turned it off?

I went back to the kitchen.

Ah, it was turned off.


Please call my mobile

Have I muted it as well?

Where have I left it?


Practice mindfulness.

Tracking the moments in steps.

Re track the moments.



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