What is a Chaiku?
A Chaiku is a new form of Haiku.
The most traditional type of Haiku seen in America is the three line poem with five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line and five syllables in the last line. This type of Haiku is most often associated with nature.
By the way, there are several hundred types of haiku in Japan.
Chaiku is a new form of this type of poetry. It has four lines with each line consisting of four syllables. It does not need to be nature based but it sure couldn't hurt.
Example of a traditional Haiku:
until your white spots wink out,
fences gone like smoke.
As you can see from my Haiku 'Fences Like Smoke', its a nature based poem with three lines. The lines have a 5, 7, 5 syllable count. As you can see it has the traditional content lay out as well. The second line expands on line one and line three gives a broader meaning to the over all poem.
Example of a Chaiku:
Oh, Belly Man,
my empty life
drifts in darkness;
Okay, it's not a great Chaiku. I didn't say it would be great, now did I? It's on a nature based topic. It has a four line stanza, each stanza has four syllables.
I first heard of this form on my writing workshop at The Next Big Writer. I believed it started as a sort of writer's challenge. Now it's taken off on that site and they have contests for this form of poetry. Hopefully it'll catch on with other poets and spread as an original American form of Chaiku.
So do you you Chaiku?