Friday, July 30, 2010


Haiku is one of the most important form of traditional Japanese poetry. Haiku is, today, a 17-syllable verse form consisting of three metrical units of 5, 7, and 5 syllables. In japanese, this convention is a must, but in english, which has variation in the length of syllables, this can sometimes be difficult.

i m watching,

rain out of the window

with a book open


Mack said...

..i hope i got the syllables right :)

Ruth L.~ said...

I'm sitting so still (5)
watching rain through the window (7)
with a book open (5)

Not sure your syllables were right--as you mentioned--but who cares. Rules were made to be broken and the poem evokes that nice feeling of reading on a rainy day.

Mack said...

Hey thanx, ur version sounded much better :)

Anonymous said...

Ruth is right. The important thing in poetry is if it evokes the feeling you want to convey. Your haiku (and Ruth's version) does.