ot that I want this to become a competition amongst you guys–and I doubt that it will–but I thought it would be nice to see that there is an actual result for your efforts. Here is the standings of all subscribers. The scores is based on a 5 point system: 5 for 天 Ten, 4 for 地 Chi, 3 for 人 Jin, 2 for 三客 Sankyaku and 1 for participating subscribers.
So far, a total of 32 subscribers have participated at least once. A good number for me, I suppose. Indeed, I have seen a few original verses on other sites! Could this be a humble start for senryu? Will it ever overtake haiku in popularity as a short Japanese verse written in English? I hope so. Sometimes, haiku can be too esoteric and the composer, even in English, may seem a bit haughty, if not presumptuous. I prefer the light approach, the attempt to catch a moment in time. Haiku is more like an oil painting, while senryu is akin to a photograph. But only time will tell if this will end up with a life of its own.
Unfortunatley, only twelve have participated at least twice, which might suggest a number of things. But I’ll leave that to your imagination. I would have to admit that composing a poem would take more time than leaving a short comment. But then, that would miss the point. This is a creative endeavor…
Five of you–mslBliss, imahima, pallyatheart, SunJun, and the Vixen–have participated all three times. And I thank you. It kind of make me feel that this is all worth it…
As you can see, msbLiss–who should be having a baby soon if not already–is on top of the leader board. Is there an award at the end of the year? Probably not, maybe a pat on the back… But we’ll see…
Anyway, I hope that many of you continue to participate. I will have the results for August’s Salon soon. If you haven’t submitted a senryu verse yet–and I hope you do–click here to submit it. It’s just easier to have the submissions on one comment page. That way I don’t miss anyone, like whonose, who said he left one but I can’t seem to find it.
also want to extend my thanks to all you guys for your kind comments of support. Yeah, maybe I’m over-reacting and I guess I’ll get through this somehow. But it’s going to be a world-class pain in the booty.
I can’t help but chuckle when I think about what I write on these pages. I feel like I am not different than most of you guys, and in some pseudo-psychological way, I am. But in reality, I’m an old geezer, pushing 50 fast. I have a job, a family, a mortgage. All the trappings of a middle-aged guy with more responsibility that he wants, but with the mental outlook of a twenty-something. If my college or high school friends were reading this, they would probably be rolling their eyes: How can you reveal so much about yourself? Your life is nobodies business but your own! And they’d be right. But for me its like writing a novel. I’d bet that the first novel of most writers are semi-autobiographies. And I should confess to you that while the gist of everything I write is true–chili peppers, pretending to be Japanese, eating grass, insects from hell, beat up Rambler, expired green card–there may be some parts that I have embellished for effect. Hope you guys don’t mind too much…