What is Haiku?

In case you don’t remember from way back when you were in school: Haiku is a very short form of Japanese poetry. Haiku uses just a few words to capture a moment and create a picture in the reader’s mind. It is like a tiny window into a scene much larger than itself.

Traditionally, haiku is written in three lines, with five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line, and five syllables in the third line.

Haiku can:

  • Focus on nature.
  • Use a “season word” such as “snow”, which tells the reader what time of year it is.
  • Have a division somewhere is the poem, which focuses first on one thing, then on another. The relationship between these two parts is sometimes surprising.

Now, (drum-roll, please) a haiku from my 6-year-old:

bunny cloud
{Bunny cloud computer generated by me}

The fluffy bunny

you are blowing in the sky

you are blowing now

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