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haiku (HY-koo) noun
A form of Japanese verse having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables respectively, involving allusions and references to nature or seasons. Also, a poem written in this form.
[From Japanese haikai no ku (comic verse).]
"Takiguchi is more lyrical: `Poetry is bottled wine, Haiku is bottled
"Tacoma Water received 333 entries from Tacoma fifth- and seventh-grade
students in a contest to write haikus about water. The first-prize winner
in the fifth grade was Miranda Foster of DeLong Elementary School with
this haiku: `Evaporation/ Condensation's next in line/Precipitation.'
First place in the seventh grade went to Lauren Anderson of Mason Middle
School with this haiku: `Clean and beautiful/Look at our precious water/
This week's theme: words to describe poetic forms.
I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars. -Walt Whitman, poet (1819-1892)