You are invited to delve into the universe of haikus in the company of Japanese and European poets.
A highly codified form of Japanese poetry, the haiku is thought to have been invented by the poet Bashô Matsuo (1644-1694).
This short poem traditionally consists of 17 on (syllables) in three segments of five, seven and five respectively, a constraint that compels poets to get to the heart of the matter.
Purists believe the haiku should imply the season (the kigo) and comprise one cutting word or phrase (the kireji). If there is no reference to the season or a certain time, it is called moki or free haiku. The free haiku is comparatively widespread in Europe.
Come and share your haikus whether they are in "classical" or "free" form!