Poetry Friday: Wry-ku? What’s a wry-ku?

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Once again, I find myself too busy writing to write! I was unable to get this past Tuesday’s post up in time – partly due to my schedule and partly due to a major computer issue the folks at McAfee have spent two days trying to fix, to no avail – but I hope to share that post next week.

Until then, allow me to share with you something I call a “wry-ku”: my attempt at breathing a little humour into a traditionally serious and very un-funny poetic form. It’s a silly name for a poem that is structured like a haiku, but contains a bit of a wry or ironic twist.

Will it become as popular as some of J. Patrick Lewis’ unique poetic creations, like careerhymes and zenos? Who knows…but I hope you like them! And for all of today’s Poetry Friday links and hi-jinx, be sure to visit the lovely and talented Irene Latham at Live Your Poem!

it’s not as cold now
as she was two weeks ago
January thaw
.

no circumference
of this heavy, orange gourd
we need pumpkin pi
.

if jealousy stings,
best keep a safe distance, son…
she’s a beekeeper
 .

all poems © 2015, Matt Forrest Esenwine

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24 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Wry-ku? What’s a wry-ku?

  1. Julie Larios

    Fun, Matt! I love to push against what’s expected of a particular form (like haiku), too. If it’s quiet, make it a little boisterous; if it’s serious, lace it with nonsense. Today I’m going to spend some time experimenting writing some wry-kus!

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  2. Irene Latham

    Ha! Look at you inventing a form. Wonderful. I am partial to the pumpkin pi one. 🙂 Meanwhile, hoping McAfee gets you fixed up. SO frustrating when our technology fails us. Happy Poetry Friday!

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  3. Wry-ku — very clever! The pumpkin pi has my name written all over it. Can’t wait to see more of these. Good luck fixing the computer issues. I hate when that happens.

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    1. Thank you, all! I’m glad you enjoyed these. Liz, I’ll be sure to check that out when I can…it’s day 3 of McAfee trying to figure out what’s going on, so I’m not online much today.

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  4. Matt, your unfortunate situations do pile up for you but your humor is intact as can be seen in your wry-kus. Ingenious! I know that everyone is weighing with #2 as the favorite but I do like #3. It has a bite to it.

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  5. Mandy Robek

    I enjoyed reading and thinking about wry-ku and anytime there’s a reason to have pumpkin pi I’m in. I loved the connection to math – it’s everywhere.

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  6. Would ask my daughter to read your wry-ku :), now that’s a play in words. They’re doing haiku now for Secondary 1 (equivalent of 7th grade in the US), and she’s enjoying it so far.

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