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8/21/2011 10:37:00 PM
Hidden Haiku
I'm not a poet and I don't know much about poetry, although I enjoy limericks because they are humorous and sometimes obscene. Lately I've become fascinated with haiku poetry.

Haiku is a short form of traditional Japanese poetry. Contemporary (Americanized) haiku poems are the versions most familiar to us. These are three line, seventeen syllable poems. The first line has five syllables, the second seven syllables and the third five syllables. Haiku poems rarely rhyme.

Traditional Japanese haiku poems make observations about things in nature but nowadays haiku poems can describe almost anything. Some of the most popular haiku poems describe daily events in a way that gives the reader a new experience of a well-known situation.

In summary, a haiku is a form of Japanese poetry containing three lines totaling 17 syllables structured in a 5-7-5 pattern.

Like this:

Haiku has three lines

the first has five syllables

then seven, then five.

Or this:

You should try haiku.

Sometimes they are hard to write

because they don't rhyme

Or this:

Haiku are funny

when they don't make any sense

Chick-a chick-a boom

Or this:

I prefer haiku

when it makes no sense at all.

Does that surprise you?

Or this:

By straining my brain

with an aim to entertain

maybe you will grin

And finally this:

Sometimes I wonder

if I can write a haiku

with hidden meanings

This week I will post a new illustrated haiku on the home page daily. After that you will find them in the Cartoon Archive by publication date (08.22.11 through 08.26.11).

I encourage you to give haiku a try. They are short which means it won't take much time and you can write about whatever you want. Do it! It's fun! Then share them with others by submitting them in my guest forum, that way you may remain anonymous if you want.

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