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Coffee & Philosophy: A Book of Poetry

Coffee & Philosophy

A Book of Poems


By PC Guy IV


Copyright 2016 PC Guy IV

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Table of Contents


Haiku & Senryu

Tanka & Choka



If you had told me that a book of poetry would be my first foyer into writing, even as recently as three months ago, I probably would have laughed at you. I’ve always had this desire to write in a more traditional capacity than blogging. I suppose it could be argued that self-publishing an e-book isn’t much different, but that’s not how I see it.

I had thought about trying to write an actual piece of fiction, but that would be something that I would feel the need to charge money for, and for some reason, I had this ridiculous notion that my first work needed to be free to the masses. There isn’t anything insisting that I give away my work for free, but in this case, I couldn’t manage to convince myself of that. As such, I decided to compile the poems from one of my blogs into this book. Since these poems are available for free on my blog, it only made sense to give the resulting book away for free as well.

I said on my website that I’m not particularly fond of poetry, though I have come to the conclusion that a more accurate statement would be that I’m not fond of most poets. There are, of course, exceptions. It’s probably safe to say that how I feel about different poets and poems says more about me than it does about the poets or their poems. Despite what I think of other poets and most poetry, Waka has always intrigued me.

Waka is, in short, a term that encompasses the various classic forms of Japanese poetry. Most of these forms are based on patters of structures called, onji. These are arranged in groups of 5 and 7 in patters such as 5 7 5 or 5 7 7. There is no direct equivalent to onji in the English language, though syllables make a reasonable stand-in. The poems I have in this book are my attempts at creating poems in some of these forms. They have been grouped according to what form they follow, and descriptions of each of the different types of Waka are given at the start of each section.

Haiku & Senryu

Haiku and Senryu are three-line forms of Waka that both follow the same pattern: 5 7 5. The difference lies in the topic of the poem. Typically, Haiku deals with nature and tend to be more serious in tone, whereas Senryu deals more with the human condition, and are often humorous in nature. I’ll leave it to you to decide which category my poems fall into.


Deadlines can cause stress

When we take on many tasks

And set goals too high



My Wife

She is my true love

She is beauty incarnate

She is my best friend



Of Sleep & Insomnia

I sleep well most nights

But if caffeine is consumed

Sleep abandons me



My Choices

The choices I make

They are mine and mine alone

But God still knows all



She Loves Me

She truly loves me

That alone is sufficient

Nothing else matters



My Back Yard

There isn’t a thing

Looking into my back yard

That’s worth mentioning



Subversion Isn’t My Thing

Don’t buck the system

Make the system work for you

To ensure success



A Daily Necessity

Ritual or vice

The distinction is unclear

For me, it’s coffee



Contented Malaise

Through muted colors

Rapture and melancholy

Dance in wistful dreams




Liquid apathy

Comes in three varieties

Beer, wine, and liquor



A Christmas Haiku

A Christmas Haiku

That is what I write today

Happy Christmas, all!



Impossible Poet

I write poems

But they never seem to rhyme

Is that a problem?



What Gets Me Going

The thing that stirs me

And motivates me to act

Is lots of coffee

Tanka & Choka

Tanka and Choka are short and long poems, respectively. Tanka is always 5 lines, and always follows the form, 5 7 5 7 7. Choka, on the other hand, has a repeating pattern of 5 7 with a final line of 7 at the end. Since Choka is the long form, it would be at least 7 lines, though it could be longer.

Happily Unknown

Fortune is fleeting

And fame is a cruel mistress

People are fickle

For they turn on their idols

As some creatures eat their young




I have many skills

I am a Jack of all trades

What more could I want?

Only one thing I lack:

To write good works of fiction



Now or Later?

Trouble finds us all

You can’t escape your problems

Karma will prevail

Delay compounds your sorrow

Face your issue now

Avoid time’s evil increase

If you do not act

And you manage to escape

Then trouble was never yours



Not Resting

The day is over

Appointed tasks are complete

It is time to rest

But for now, rest eludes me

Vexing thoughts torment my mind



Superiority Complex

Just because I’m right

It doesn’t make me a snob

It just means you’re wrong

Unless you agree with me

Do you see how it works now?



Handwritten Just Isn’t My Type

Taught myself to type

And I type rather quickly

So that’s how I write

My handwriting is awful

Even I cannot read it



Stupid Mud

Just look at the stain

Embedded in my carpet

When rain and earth mix

The mess that is created

Always gets inside my house



Horrible Software

Download this game now

I was told it would be fun

They said it was free

A fool I was to believe

It was full of ads

Frequently interrupting

While trying to play

Now my smartphone has problems

Even though I uninstalled



The Cause of Misery

Cowardice and Strife

Exchange Evil for what’s Good

Their aim is violence

Beginning needless conflict

Ignorance and Hate

Are their constant companions

Spreading fear and division


Sedoka is formed by two Katuata. Katuata essentially means, half poem, and is composed of three lines following one of two forms: 5 7 7 or 5 7 5. Both Mondo and Sedoka are written using two Katuata, though there are a few differences.

Mondo is written by two poets. The first poet asks a question using one Katuata, and the second poet responds to that question using another Katuata. Both poets will use the same form, so the final structure of the Mondo becomes either 5 7 7 5 7 7 or 5 7 5 5 7 5.

Sedoka, unlike Mondo, is written by one poet and doesn’t necessarily ask and answer a question, though the two Katuata are related and can stand alone as poems in their own right. Like Mondo, both Katuata of a Sedoka must use the same form.


Night & Day

Sleeping in daytime

Doing work under the moon

It drains my vitality


Resting in darkness

I wake with the morning sun

And I meet my daily goals



To Forgive, Divine

Do not harbor wrath

A grudge will eat at your soul

It hurts no-one but yourself


Forgiveness is key

Let go of longstanding hate

Heal what time alone cannot




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Coffee & Philosophy: A Book of Poetry

Coffee & Philosophy is a book of poems inspired by classic Japanese poetry forms. This book represents a digest of all the author's poetry. Since the poems were originally published on one of the author's blogs, this book is being given away for free as well.

  • ISBN: 9781310692765
  • Author: PC Guy IV
  • Published: 2016-07-17 06:35:07
  • Words: 1282
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