Daily Haiku / Senryu : Rhyme


“this is not a poem”
she complained, “there is no rhyme”
I shrugged, “it’s haiku”


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Photograph:  mine, I took it when I was living in Japan.  I don’t remember exactly when now but it looks like it was at a pottery festival, both in the Koriyama and Oita areas.



3 thoughts on “Daily Haiku / Senryu : Rhyme”

  1. Great comparison between a poem and a haiku. I’ve been wondering what is ‘Haiku’ when I first came in contact with it. My question now is, is it globally accepted as a form of writing or is it limited to a particular part of the world?


  2. Hi Peter! While haiku originated in Japan, I think it is a world wide poetic form these days. I know here in the states I was taught haiku in grammar school — the teacher thought it was a good way to make us aware of syllable counts.

    Because I have a haiku board, Pinterest introduces me to other folks’ haiku pins so I’ve seen haiku written in French and other languages — I don’t understand them but can see they are following the 5 – 7 – 5 syllable count for each line. People also do the 3 – 5 – 3 style but it’s more rare.

    Wiki ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haiku ) explains haiku including the kiru and kigo conventions. I like the explanation in “Why Every Traveler Should Read Haiku”as they give examples of haiku. http://www.countrywalkers.com/why-every-traveler-should-read-haiku/

    I don’t tend to do either kiru (cutting word) or kigo (nature word) so my poems are generally more senryu than haiku. Senryu is more informal. Although I don’t do the humor or irony that is often part of senryu. I think, though, outside of Japan, most people call senryu a haiku. They are both 5 – 7 – 5.

    I find writing one clarifies the mind — you paint a picture with just a few words, nothing extra. You might enjoy writing haiku. If you do, I’d love to see it.


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