Can a haiku rhyme?

Haiku - the shortest form of poetry in the world

Today I would like to introduce you to the shortest form of poetry in the world: Haiku. Haikus originally come from Japan, but are now written all over the world. The short poems have some typical features that distinguish them - but which you do not necessarily have to follow strictly.

Features of haikus

Traditionally, haikus consist of three lines and a total of 17 syllables (5 - 7 - 5). Most haiku poets, however, have moved away from this strict form in order to be able to focus more on the content. Otherwise it happens quickly that words or sentences are artificially shortened or lengthened in order to do justice to the 17 syllables.

Haikus often focus on nature and the seasons. The topics relate to the present and describe a specific moment or sensory impression. Feelings, on the other hand, are not specifically named. A haiku often leaves room for subjective and personal interpretation.

Sometimes two or three lines together form a sentence, but individual words can also be strung together. There is often a thematic or content-related “break” between the first two and the last line that stimulates thought and leaves an open ending. There are no headings and rhymes in the haiku poem form.

Poetic freedom

Basically: You can decide for yourself how much you want to stick to the "rules". After all, the main thing is to have fun writing. Haikus are a great way for novice writers to try out too, as they're very short and don't have to rhyme.

Example of a haiku

The glowing faces
Fading again

(Udo Wenzel)

This haiku takes up the relationship to nature and shows the snapshot of a perception. The break in content between the radiant sunset and the fading faces is also recognizable and easy to imagine for me.

Why you should write haikus

There are many reasons to dare to write haiku.

  • It is fun
  • It's easy because haikus don't have to rhyme and they're so short
  • You can express your feelings without having to specifically name them
  • You can calm down and escape the hectic everyday life for a moment, because you consciously focus on yourself and your thoughts
  • You create something of your own that lasts. You can capture a special moment and process sensory impressions.

Choosing my haikus

I hope you like them and one or the other makes you think. Some were made in autumn. Maybe you can think of some specifically for the upcoming summer.


Ask Mommy Haikus

A couple of haikus that are a bit out of line.

The red wine is dripping
On the fresh blouse
Now only mom can help

Clogged drain
The pots are burned in
You need baking soda

How do I recycle
My leftovers from the day before
Just ask mom

Feel free to write your own haikus in the comments if you feel like it and are ready to share them. :-)