A haiku is a form of poetry that originated in japan. They are written in three lines with seventeen syllables. These syllables are spread in a 5-7-5 pattern. They started up as introductions to much longer poems, but they split away from these poems (called renga) in the sixteenth century. They are meant to be written in present tense, and usually indicate what season the poem is taking place in by blatantly stating it. These rules, however, are broken often.


An old silent pond...
A frog jumps into the pond,
splash! Silence again.