Window Washer Whimsy #Tanka #Senryu

For my third-ever time writing for Colleen Chesebro‘s prompt, I give you: a Senryu. Sort-of. I’m fairly certain I followed the form.

The prompt this week is to study this photo, provided by Ritu Bhathal, and write what moves you.

Photo ©2020 Ritu Bhathal


Windex-winded; sore
the washer escapes, in night
where her windows glare


Poem ©2020 Chelsea Owens

18 thoughts on “Window Washer Whimsy #Tanka #Senryu

      • msnyder1970 February 19, 2020 / 2:50 pm

        i didn’t mean this negatively, just window washing is definitely what would never come to my mind 🙂


        • Chelsea Owens February 19, 2020 / 10:13 pm

          Oh, I’m not offended. Personally, I think it’s not very poetic. 🙂


  1. D. Wallace Peach February 19, 2020 / 7:30 am

    Works for me, Chelsea. (I’ve never written a senryu.)
    I liked the perspective and the emotion you packed into the short piece. 🙂

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    • Chelsea Owens February 19, 2020 / 8:05 am

      ❤ Thanks, Diana! I’m not sure it deserves such high praise. 😀

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      • D. Wallace Peach February 19, 2020 / 9:52 am

        I like poetry that’s different and evocative. 🙂 Nothing hum-drum here.

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  2. msnyder1970 February 19, 2020 / 2:48 pm

    Now it’s called Tanka Tuesday but you chose to write in Senryu ? Does she accept all types ?

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    • Chelsea Owens February 19, 2020 / 10:12 pm

      Sorry, Matt! I just saw this. She has a list, with links to instructions and examples, on her site. She accepts tanka, haiku, senryu, …and three other types at least.

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  3. H.R.R. Gorman February 20, 2020 / 8:09 am

    When I was little, I wanted to grow up to wash windows at Bojangles in return for gravy biscuits.

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  4. Jules February 21, 2020 / 2:47 pm

    I’ve heard crumbled news print is supposed to work too. Or those washable micro fiber clothes…(not a fond of that fabric myself).

    Did the form justice. Personally myself, I’m not the greatest housefrau. But I manage. Windows aren’t high on my list… 😉

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    • Chelsea Owens February 21, 2020 / 3:47 pm

      Nor mine. :/ They’re infrequent enough that I prefer them over dishes, though.

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  5. mymindlessdrivel February 21, 2020 / 7:48 pm

    You’re right – the windows do seem to be glaring!

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