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5/7/5 Classic Winter Haiku
On a Withered Branch by Gypsy Blue Rose
for rules, please check my author notes
 Category:  General Poetry
  Posted: October 29, 2020      Views: 117

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After a brief hiatus, Gypsy returned to take her place as a valued member of Fanstory. She has taught classes, won and placed in both site and member contests, and continues to flex her community spirit by sponsoring contests, and organizing a Japane - more...

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on a withered branch
sparrows rest before long flight —
southern wind compels




Classic Haiku contest entry


Author Notes
Sparrows migrate to the South in Winter.

Kigo: withered branch is winter

HAIKU Definition: haiku is a short poem that uses imagistic language to convey the essence of an experience of nature intuitively linked to the human condition.

The essence of haiku is cutting (KIRU) represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas separated by a (KIREJI) dash or ellipsis (~ .... )

English haiku doesn't have to be 5/7/5, just 17 syllables OR LESS and as brief as possible. Japanese syllables are shorter than English syllables. source of 5/7/5 syllables rule

for example, one of the most famous haiku in history, written by haiku master, Matsuo Basho.... in Japanese with the English translation:
haiku in Japanese= furu ike ya / kawazu tobikomu / mizu no oto = 5/7/5 syllables
haiku in English= Old pond - frogs jumped in - sound of water. = 2/3/4 syllables source haiku rules by William J. Higginson, Haiku Society of America

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