One of my favorite forms of poetry to write is the haiku, though I tend to follow the contemporary-English language structure of the haiku than the traditional Japanese. [For more about haiku than most people will ever need to know (unless you’re going on Jeopardy), see the wikipedia entry.]

Also in the wikipedia entry is the name of the first westerner known to have written haiku — Hendrik Doeff, a Dutch commissioner who worked in Nagasaki during the early 1800’s. Here is one of Doeff’s haiku:

a spring breeze
hither and tither they hurry
the sailing dinghies

(See for that poem and more information about Doeff.)

Happy (poetry) Friday everyone!

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