haiku

These are the haiku used to create the haiku madlibs

In the twilight rain
these brilliant-hued hibiscus -
A lovely sunset

- Basho


From time to time
The clouds give rest
To the moon-beholders.

- Basho


No one travels
Along this way but I,
This autumn evening.

- Basho


In the cicada's cry
No sign can foretell
How soon it must die.

- Basho


An old silent pond...
A frog jumps into the pond,
splash! Silence again.

- Basho


Over-ripe sushi,
The Master
Is full of regret.

- Buson


Blowing from the west
Fallen leaves gather
In the east.

- Buson


The wren
Earns his living
Noiselessly.

- Issa


Winter seclusion -
Listening, that evening,
To the rain in the mountain.

- Issa


Sparrow's child
out of the way, out of the way!
the stallion's coming through

- Issa


Don't weep, insects
Lovers, stars themselves,
Must part.

- Issa


Consider me
As one who loved poetry
And persimmons.

- Shiki


My life,
How much more of it remains?
The night is brief.

- Shiki


Toward those short trees
We saw a hawk descending
On a day in spring.

- Shiki


I kill an ant
and realize my three children
have been watching.

- Kato Shuson


Over the wintry
forest, winds howl in rage
with no leaves to blow.

- Soseki


    About Haiku
  • The essence of haiku is the juxtaposition of two images or ideas and a "cutting word" between them (a word that signals the seperation and relation between the two images or ideas.

  • Traditional haiku consists of 17 "on" or "morae", in 3 phrases of 5, 7, and 5.

  • Haiku are often erronously stated to have 17 syllables, but this is inaccurate as syllables and "on" are not the same.

  • Modern Japanese haiku are increasingly unlikely to follow the 17 "on" tradition.

  • (paraphrased from Wikipedia)