Traditional japanese short form poetry.
Summer heat flickersWritten while passing the Gersthof trainstation, 220612
Flowers bloom in asphalt cracks
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, rewriteKatsushika Hokusai
Erase again, and then
A poppy blooms.