What's a Haiku?
Haiku is a three line poem, written in a 5-7-5 syllable count. The first line contains 5 syllables, the second line is 7, and the third is 5. It is usually about a moment in time, in nature, in feeling. A few of the masters: Bashō, Kobayashi Issa and Buson can help give an idea of haiku.
Jack Kerouac wrote:
My mother tows me in the red Radio Flyer to Higo’s in Japantown when the Smith Tower looms tallest west of the Mississippi and the sidewalks on Jackson Street are knotty planks.