Haiku is an ancient Japanese art. It consists of a three line poem, which must have 5 syllables in the first line 7 syllables in the second line and 5 syllables in the third line and no punctuation. It doesn’t have to rhyme and usually has a reference to one of the seasons.

It’s not as easy as you might think. Here’s a couple I’ve written. Try writing some yourself

Snowy Mountains
on snowy mountains
prayer flags whisper in the wind
comforting the dead

(prayer pronounced prar 1 syllable)

Chanoyu (In Winter)
powdered leaves steam on
charcoal fires in sunken hearths
the way of the tea

(Ancient Japanese Tea Ceremony)


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