Haiku is a type of short poem that originated in Japan, but is now practiced all over the world.
The typical haiku pattern is a poem of three lines. The first line has five syllables, the second seven, and the third five, for a grand total of seventeen syllables. (There are variations of this, but this is the primary pattern.)
Other possible elements often ( but not always ) included are
- a kigo or season word.
- a kire or cut, used to compare two images.
The economy of words/syllables in a haiku requires focus and skill to draw a picture within its limits.
Plus, they’re fun to write.
Do you haiku?