Three Haiku after Winter
and apple blossoms
sink westward, new hope
the full stream rushes,
Traditionally, Japanese Haiku is a form of syllabic poetry of three lines,
with 5 syllables in the first, 7 in the second, and five in the third (17 syllables total).
English-language poets since the 1950’s have often found that Haiku in English needs fewer syllables,
and have developed a 3-5-3 stanza (11 syllables total); but Americans often bend the rules and come up with free-form Haiku, varying the syllables but sticking to the philosophy.
- focus on a brief moment in time;
- use provocative, colorful images;
- make it able to be read in one breath;
- offer a sense of sudden enlightenment and illumination.
Haiku is a simple form to experiment with. Try it.