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Haiku (also called nature or seasonal haiku) is an unrhymed Japanese verse consisting of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables (5, 7, 5) or 17 syllables in all. 
 
Haiku is usually written in the present tense and focuses on nature (seasons).

The 5/7/5 syllable rule is the basic form, but there are variations, such as the Senryu and Tanka.

Example #1:

Pink cherry blossoms
Cast shimmering reflections
On seas of Japan

Copyright Andrea


Example #2:

salt-waves caress sand
tickling my toes and heart
in their short-spun wake

Copyright 2002 Diana


Example #3:

warm soup in a bowl
letters of the alphabet
hang on the teaspoon

Copyright 2002 Gail Goto