- Seventeen moras or ons (they are similar - but not equivalent - to syllables) in sets of five, seven and five. English haikus are often written less formally with ten to seventeen syllables being used.
- Traditionally the haiku requires inclusion of a kigo (a seasonal reference).
- A kireji is used to create a juxtaposition - in English a dash or ellipsis is often used at the end of the first or second line.
porcelain spring blossoms
water black and bitter -
lipstick rims the pond
And two others I wrote ...
feet on a wet road
air rising from hot tar -
summer shower past
late-night air lies warm
upon my sleepy whispers -
thunder talks back
Kind of addictive, once you start. See Dave King's haiku project on his blog Pics and Poems!
PS Dear friends, I will be working on a proofreading project for the next two weeks, so blogging as well as visits to your beautiful (and always inspiring) blogs will be limited, I'm afraid.