So Tired ~ Original Haiku

The other day I woke up very early. At the time I felt pretty good, so I decided to stay up. I was proud of myself for getting a head-start on the day.

Boy, did I pay for that later....

up before dawn:
fighting tiredness
all day long



As the day went on, I found it increasingly difficult to focus and eventually to stay awake; if I sat down for even a moment, I started to nod off. As I snapped to for the umpteenth time, I made a mental note to go back to sleep the next time I wake up early.


Just as the haiku I posted a few days ago, this could be considered a senryū. Whereas haiku primarily focus on nature, senryū focus instead on human folly.

Haiku originated as hokku, the first verse of haikai no renga, a crude, comic form of renga that was popular with the common folk (proper renga was very much a game of the aristocracy). In some sense, that puts the spirit of senryū closer to those first haiku poems than haiku itself.



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    You've just described my day :P

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    Haha. Try and get some sleep. I know it's not easy with so much to do.

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    up before dawn
    because I have not
    slept

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    Haha sleep is the humbler of every creature. We can't cheat nature. There is nothing as good as a decent night sleep. It makes it easier to have a productive day full of strength.

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    I identify entirely too much with this 😂

    Cool lesson on haiku too. I didn't realize there were different genres, American public schools only focus on one lol

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