General Poetry posted October 29, 2020

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5/7/5 Classic Winter Haiku

On a Withered Branch

by Gypsy Blue Rose

for rules, please check my author notes

on a withered branch
sparrows rest before long flight —
southern wind compels




Classic Haiku contest entry


Sparrows migrate to the South in Winter.

Kigo: withered branch is winter

HAIKU Definition: haiku is a short poem that uses imagistic language to convey the essence of an experience of nature intuitively linked to the human condition.

The essence of haiku is cutting (KIRU) represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas separated by a (KIREJI) dash or ellipsis (~ .... )

English haiku doesn't have to be 5/7/5, just 17 syllables OR LESS and as brief as possible. Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables. source of 5/7/5 syllables rule

for example, one of the most famous haiku in history, written by haiku master, Matsuo Basho.... in Japanese with the English translation:
haiku in Japanese= furu ike ya / kawazu tobikomu / mizu no oto = 5/7/5 syllables
haiku in English= Old pond - frogs jumped in - sound of water. = 2/3/4 syllables source haiku rules by William J. Higginson, Haiku Society of America

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