A Haiku has three lines. For a traditional haiku, the first line has 5 syllables. The second line has 7 syllables. The third line has 5 syllables again.
a red petal bends (5 syllables)
sparkling drops of dew glisten (7 syllables)
like tears they roll off (5 syllables)
- written by Gabriella 2
The traditional Japanese haiku requires some reference to nature or the season. The goal of a haiku is to capture a single moment with very few words.
A non-traditional haiku can have less than 5/7/5 syllables. A common variation is 3/5/3.
scaley winding tail
dragon head consuming shrimp
male pouch giving birth
Gifts From Ida-Ten
A brisk fresh breeze comes
Thou bringer of dreams delight
Gifts from Ida-Ten
by R. J. Stewart
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