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Variations

The Great Master always keeps to the rule of seventeen syllables in his haiku.  The rule that these should be organised as three lines of 5-7-5 is almost universal in his work and that of others.  There are, however, eight different ways in which seventeen syllables can be arranged symmetrically over three lines.  This gives a different balance - and opens new opportunities - while maintaining the discipline of line length.  Here are examples of each.  They are original except for 4-9-4 which is an enhaikument of 22 syllables of Spanish.

A curiosity, or, perhaps contained herein, the beginning of a new art form?

1-15-1

I
Have spent my entire (unhappy) life looking after number
1

2-13-2

The one
Who is incompatible in our relationship
Is you

3-11-3

A 'Grade A'
In my results!  But... My best friend has failed
A grey day

4-9-4

I want to do
With you - what it is that springtime does
With cherry trees

5-7-5

Distorted haiku
Still seventeen syllables
- Different line lengths

6-5-6

Blind man walks the pavement
Tap, tap, tap, tap, bump
- We don't see each other

7-3-7

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
(The Choral)
- Heard it more times than he did!

8-1-8

Records our birth - walking with us
TIME
Keeps on going - leaves us for dead

It's that frog again
- Not a radio programme,
Just an ornament


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