Haiku Pattern – Crawling, Running Feet


The haiku poem is a Japanese traditional form. It was given its current name by the Japanese poet Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902), who was a reformer and revisionist near the end of the 19th century. Traditionally, the lines are 5-7-5. The first line has five syllables, the second seven syllables, and the third five syllables. The total syllable count is seventeen. The haiku is similar to the senryu poem; however, the haiku addressees nature while the senryu addresses an emotional state of being or relationship. Unlike a senryu poem, the haiku poem has a Kigo word which relates to a season of the year. The haiku poem was first named the hokku poem by Japanese poet, Matsuo Basho (1644-1694). The modern contemporary haiku poem takes many forms and does not subscribe to the traditional form of syllable count and Kigo word. The following is a series which shows the essence of the contemporary haiku poem:

Crawling, Running Feet Haiku


Across the wall-

Spider moving fast

Up an oak tree

Acorn in its mouth

Squirrel with fast legs


Rain splatter of roof

Water leaks down wall

Cricket in the grass

Crawls behind a blade…

Singing a song

Floating down stream

On a rotten tree limb:/

A worm whispers softly


Between the high rocks

Lizard sleeps snoring

The frogs are singing

In the high marshes

Surrounding the pond

On a lone fencepost

It silently crawls and rests

Feet of a snail

Moving with fast lights

Sending many signals

Fireflies dancing

Don’t spray me:

Cried the wasp…

Trapped in the window

I was thinking-

Suddenly I saw the snail

Passing me by

Mosquitoes swarming

Singing strange song

Their national anthem


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