They are challenging to write and a pleasure to read. Our
Examples of Haiku Poems will introduce you to this wonderful Japanese
poetic form so you can better appreciate the genre and perhaps even
craft your own verse.
Typically, this form consists of 17 moras in three turns of
phrase of 5, 7, and 5 moras respectively. While the Japanese
mora is sometimes mistakenly seen as the equivalent of the English
syllable, it is not. However, for our purposes, we are going
to make that incorrect assumption and provide you with a selection of
verse that feature 5 syllables, followed by 7 syllables, followed by 5
Of course, there is more to the genre that we have not even begun to
touch upon. Some of the traditional symbolisms inherent in
the pure Japanese form are not always found in non-Japanese renditions
or even in modern Japanese verse.
We hope you will enjoy our collection of very special Japanese style
poetry and that they inspire you to explore this art form.
White as a full moon
My stem stretching towards the sky
Brown, red, and yellow
Swirling onto the hard ground
Cushioning the Earth.
In the trees chirping,
They carry music and joy
Wherever they go.
Through the air flying,
Drinking nectar from flowers
Beautiful and bright.
Towards the glorious sky
Wanting to go home.