Haiku on The Nature of Haiku

Haiku Defined

3 lines, 2 spaces,
17 feet to walk thru;
then, the unending

Haiku Discovered

a poem unfolds
as words take their place in line
this one’s a haiku

Art of the Haiku

do away with words
and you’ll have a way with words
speak less and say more

When Writing Haiku

trim off excess words
expose the bones of meaning
enter Truth deeply

© Ken Chawkin

Other haiku you might enjoy: Transformed—my first haikuCOMMITTED (a two-haiku poem) | Art of the Haiku by Ken Chawkin | Five Haiku | 13 Ways to Write Haiku: A Poet’s Dozen | A Haiku on Haiku Poets | A Haiku on The Heart of Haiku. Search this blog for more haiku and tanka.

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9 Responses to “Haiku on The Nature of Haiku”

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  2. Margot Says:

    Great. Love them!


  3. withheldindarkness Says:

    Very cleverly written … thanks for sharing.


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