Recently, Dai-ichi Mutual Life Insurance Company sponsored a senryu poetry contest in Japan. Senryu is structurally similar to Haiku but deals with human nature rather than nature.
Among the top ten winners was this sad little ode:
only a toilet stool
As Mrs. Watkins, my neighbor growing up, used to say, Bless His Heart.
Of course, then I remembered my own life-altering experiences with hi-tech, fancy schmancy Japanese toilets–which have a wikipedia page and cult following devoted to them–and I thought, Eh. Can’t be that bad.
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