Japanese poetry has neither rhyme nor rhythm because its language does not lend itself to these characteristics. Most of what the poet is saying is implied because he wants the reader to interpret and feel these experiences for himself.  It is if you are taking a snapshot of a feeling.

Read the poem and picture the imagery in your mind:


Hanging from a branch

Ripe, bright red, and succulent

Waiting to be picked.

 

WHAT DOES THE IMAGE WANT YOU TO DO AS YOU STAND THERE?

That is the feeling, frozen in time, a poem.

 

A haiku is an unrhymed unique form of poetry

The haiku is meant to capture the feelings of a specific topic found in nature; however it can be about other topics. The idea is to create a snapshot with words.

The haiku follows a specific pattern

      Line one 5 syllables

      Line two 7 syllables

      Line three 5 syllables