Hay(na)ku is a 21st Century poetry invented by poet and publisher, Eileen Tabios. She initially called the form “the Pinoy Haiku and inaugurated it on the Web on Philippine Independence Day, June 12, 2003. The name was then changed to Hay(na)ku as proposed by Vince Gotera.
Traditional Hay(na)ku has 3 lines (a tercet), with a total of 6 words: 1 in the first line, 2 in the second line, and 3 in the third line. Variations include reversing the lines so that the word count would go: 3, 2, 1. At times you will see multiple Hay(na)ku chained together to form a longer poem.
Look to http://haynakupoetry.blogspot.com for collections of writings and anthologies.
It is fun and easy…and addictive. Give it a try.
- Gentle Souls – A Hay(na)ku (terri0729.wordpress.com)