Haiku is a Japanese form, in English it is usually written in three lines. Haiku are seasonal poems of less than and no more than 17 syllables. Haiku are written in two juxtaposed parts using objective sensory imagery. They use imagery to convey the essence of an experience. They are reverent and attempt to catch the process of a brief moment in time. They sometimes create a metaphor for the human condition but they leave subjectivity out of the poem. Haiku employ various techniques to create brief poems which celebrate the subject they are written about.

Here again are some techniques used often in Haiku:

Kire-ji is a cutting word, it is a reference to the two part structure of ideas or images found in Haiku and in Japanese style poetry.

Renso is a loose association of images often called Leaping in English, it is the comparison and/or contrasting of two ideas/images in an indirect way.

Kigo means season word, it is a word that implies a specific season.

Shasei is sketching from life, being observational, showing a scene rather than telling about what you feel about a scene.

Wabi-sabi lossely means quiet elegance, beauty, loneliness, and simplicity. It could also mean the realization of the finiteness of the moment and how that helps one to appreciate the moment all the more.

Narrowing the focus, begin with a wide lens and zoom in to minute detail.

Switch between various senses.

Using concise simple language.

Literary allusion is a devise which is commonly used in Japanese Haiku.

backlit by the moon
I’ve lost my pen

sift the lawn for worms
essay to write

of a leaping frog
cold bathroom floor

song frogs
sound lonely notes
where’d they go?

peach and lavender
wind howls

waiting for thunder


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    Shoe box and ashes
    Poetry, song at wake
    Be Good to Yourself


    Frog mating croaks
    twilight audience buzzing
    Silent come the Herons.

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