A Japanese Verse Form
This is a Japanese form popular throughout the World. Conventionally, in English and other Indo-European languages,the Haiku is written in seventeen syllables in a pattern of five-seven-five syllables. This IS only a convention, though - Japanese, whose written language is derived from Chinese pictograms, has no concept that directly equates to 'syllable'. This convention is increasingly ignored, as have been the strict rules of the Haiku for many years.