How to Haiku

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?

Catherine Kane

9/15/11

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