Haiku is an ancient form of Japanese poetry. Written in English, it often contains 17 syllables in three lines of prose. The three lines form a 5-7-5 syllable pattern, with the first line consisting of five syllables, the second seven syllables, and the last five syllables. Original Japanese haiku measures in sounds, or “breaths,” not English syllables, so the 5-7-5 pattern is a rough approximation. When reading the haiku below, we can count the 5-7-5 syllable pattern and observe how the image connects with the haiku message.


apple sauce, butter or pie
five apples waiting