≡ Menu

What Is Haiku?

So what is Haiku?
It’s a type of poetry.
It comes from Japan.

Haiku combines form,
Rhythm, language, and some thought
If you do it well.

It need not find rhyme,
Or even any reason.
That’s part of its charm.

The key is structure.
A Haiku has just three lines.
All independent.

These lines must each have
Syllables that Haiku likes.
No more, and no less.

A Haiku, when done,
Is seventeen syllables.
But not on one line.

Spread them out instead
To the beat of this rhythm:
Five, seven, five. Nice.

2 comments… add one
  • andreas June 15, 2005, 9:50 am

    i love this haiku–didn’t write it, but can’t remember where i found it:

    I just had a thought:
    Damn. It’s gone. Stoner moment.
    Is that a doughnut?

  • jaced June 15, 2005, 8:08 pm

    Glazed doughnut, could be.
    Unless, of course, I mean…wait…
    What was the question?

Leave a Comment