The haiku is a Japanese verse in three lines. Line one has 5 syllables, line 2 has 7 syllables and line three has 5 syllables. Haiku is a mood poem and it doesn’t use any metaphors or similes. Usually when Haiku is taught the students are only given the restriction of the number of lines and syllables.
As mentioned previously I wrote a few haiku style poems during my stay in Canada – all, in fact, in Vancouver. They are haiku poetically by their capture of a moment that will never be experienced again, but for technical purposes are not haiku at all. Davies Haiku is what I’m calling them, for they are my own and yet are based on a hundred year old tradition. They all follow a set rhythmic syllabic structure of 4,4,6. And here is the first:
West Vancouver Window View
Straight safety chain
Skimming through its centre
With five more to share with you this week, I hope you can enjoy each one.