I am drunk on life
everyday, a new challenge
I love to enjoy
At times, life can feel too much like a struggle. But the more you fight against something, the more of a chore it becomes. When we really look forward to something, it seems like less of a chore. The task was to write a poem of drunkenness. I am not a drinker and this was the first thing that came to my mind.
This Zappai on drunkenness was written in response to the August Scavenger Hunt challenge hosted by Val at A Different Perspective. Val has given us 13 prompts lots of short forms of poetry to complete by August 31st.
Zappai poems are like haiku, but not. Or maybe more appropriately, they’re like senryu, but not (or maybe they are). This poetic form definition may sound kind of wishy-washy, but zappai are poems that have a 5-7-5 syllable pattern that do not contain the seasonal reference expected of haiku.
In other words, zappai are all those haiku people write that haiku poets recognize as not being haiku. Again, senryu could fit this definition as well, but senryu also can have a looseness with the syllables, much like haiku, so that 17 syllables are not mandatory.
Zappai should still be poetic, but they’re 5-7-5 poems that don’t include the seasonal reference. To know more about this challenge, click here.
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