Exploring Haiku

haiku

I have recently been introduced to Haiku, a traditional form of Japanese poetry. There are various descriptions of what Haiku is, and it is slightly different in Japanese as opposed to English. The Japanese version uses a single line, whereas the English version uses 3 lines. The Japanese focus is on 17 word sounds, which we equate to syllables, in groupings of 5, 7 & 5, hence our 3 lines. Subject matter is traditionally about something in nature and the lines rarely rhyme.

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Here are my first 3 Haiku

Haiku 1

Sun is rising now
Sharing its radiant glow
Nature at its best.

Haiku 2

Breathing morning air
With freshness the day begins
A new day unfolds

Haiku 3

Five syllables dawn
Seven to follow and shine
Five setting the sun