Haiku 1-5

A Bit of Culture

Was feeling a bit cultural last week and decided to go back and look again at Haiku. Per Wikipedia, the definition of a Haiku is;

A very short form of Japanese poetry in three phrases, typically characterized by three qualities;
[1] The essence of haiku is “cutting”. This is often represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas and a kireji (“cutting word”) between them.
[2] A kind of verbal punctuation mark which signals the moment of separation and colours the manner in which the juxtaposed elements are related.
[3] Traditional haiku often consist of 17 “on” (also known as morae though often loosely translated as “syllables”), in three phrases of 5, 7, and 5 “on”.

So here are five versus of Haiku – bring it “on” – see what I did there?

Haiku No 1

Haiku number one
The first in a long series
Begins with this verse

Haiku No 2

Haiku number two
The second in the series
Follows number one

Haiku No 3

Haiku number three
At this point I realise
There’s not much to say

Haiku No 4

Haiku number four
Hmm, dum-di-dum, think think think
What’s on the telly?

Haiku No 5

Haiku number five
Haiku number five, Haiku
Number … oh fuck it.

Phil C.