Japanese Haiku

Today I thought about giving writing haikus a try. A haiku is a form of Japanese poetry. It consists of three lines (first with 5, second with 7 and third with 5 syllables) and some kind of noticeable grammatical break (often replaced with commas or hyphens in English). One haiku of Matsuo Basho is some kind of THE haiku as it is the most recited haiku in Japan:

An old pond
a frog jumps in
Sound of water.
(Matsuo Basho)

For more information and lots of other examples do a Google search. So now I will show you my first try. Okay, actually it is my second haiku, but I have written the first one back in school as a class exercise and it is in German.

cold weather outside
icicle on the window –
heating fireplace.
(iuno)

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