Traditional japanese short form poetry.
"Summer heat flickers
Flowers bloom in asphalt cracks
- Written while passing the Gersthof trainstation, 220612
Blüten brechen durch Asphalt
Schönheit des Verfalls."
A meditation of nature emphasizing simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression.
Three phrases of seventeen syllables, constituted by a 5, 7, 5 pattern. Traditionally written in a single line.
In translations, the 5/7/5 rule sometimes falls in favor of retaining the essence of the poem.
"I write, erase, rewrite
Erase again, and then
A poppy blooms."
- Katsushika Hokusai