Mineral Wells Index
By Sue Seibert | email@example.com
an acorn autumn
now in the breezy weather
sun rain wind sparkle
A haiku is a traditional Japanese poem containing 17 syllables on three lines consisting of 5, 7 and 5 syllables per line, respectively. A haiku also ends with a kireji, or cutting word, which means something like a volta in Western poetry, or a dramatic change. Thus, in my haiku, sparkle is my kireji.
Haikus do not rhyme. The earliest written Western haiku was by Dutchman Lendrik Doeff in the 19th century. His haiku, translated into English, reads:
lend me your arms,
fast as thunderbolts,
for a pillow on my journey
In this haiku, I don’t really see the kireji, but perhaps that is because it was such a new vehicle for Western poetry.
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