Systemic Haiku

Write one or more systemic haiku and upload them using the submit button!

Have a look at the haiku submitted in the first issue.

 

What is haiku?

Some notes by Gaby Charing

“A haiku in English is a very short poem in the English language, following to a greater or lesser extent the form and style of the Japanese haiku. A typical haiku is a three-line observation about a fleeting moment involving nature.” (Wikipedia)

The Japanese rules are extremely complex, but you can buy a cup of tea in Tokyo without having to go through the Japanese tea ceremony, and you can write a haiku in English without knowing or following the Japanese rules.

An English haiku can be on any subject. It does normally follow a set form: the first and last lines have five syllables, the middle line has seven. Ideally, the line breaks should fit the meaning, but that is quite a challenge and can be ignored.

I like this one, from the song Haiku by the band Slapp Happy:

 

To write haiku, all

You need is a high IQ.

Eat fish, drink more tea