Senryu Song

(for Dalton)

You sit beside me
My legs cradled in your lap
As we watch baseball
Your palm follows and defines
The arcs of my thigh, my knee

Pleasure and desire
Are indistinguishable
I desire pleasure

Your fingers pushing
The tangled waves of my hair
Behind my left ear
Sends a shiver to my toes
It makes stops along the way

Pleasure and desire
Are indistinguishable
Desire pleases me

In my sere dooryard
You give me a goodnight kiss
And get in your truck
Under a sliced grin of moon
You plume dust as you drive home

Pleasure and desire
Are indistinguishable
Desire whispers, “Please…”

(2012)

A senryu is a haiku that takes people and their emotions and interactions as its subject matter, rather than nature. The line between the two can be blurred, especially in the modern forms. The refrain of the song is variations on one senryu; the verses are gogyohka.

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