"Quietly, quietly / yellow mountain roses fall / sound of the rapids." - Matsuo Bashō

Traditional japanese short form poetry.

Summer heat flickers
Flowers bloom in asphalt cracks
Beautiful decay.
Written while passing the Gersthof trainstation, 220612 Sommerhitze flirrt
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
Matsuo Bashō by Hokusai