HaikuAbout Haiku

A Haiku is a Japanese form of poetry where the entire idea or comment has to be expressed in seventeen syllables, arranged in three lines of five, seven and five syllables respectively.

References to Elements, Seasons, Colours and so on are prized - as is a twist in the tale!

This poetry form is hundreds of years old in Japanese but English versions are more recent. I hope that we honour their Japanese origins.

Maurice uses this form but in English. He trusts that his Japanese readers will indulge him. He feels that Haiku often work better read aloud.

Sue interpreted the Haiku as they came to her, we hope you will see them in your own way too.

We’ve organised the Haiku in this book into themes these are:

In total there are 63 haiku and drawings in this book