Haiku is Japanese poetry that combines form, content, and language in a meaningful and compact form. Haiku poets express their thoughts about both mundane and arcane matters and many Haiku themes relate to nature, feelings, or experiences. Usually, Haiku employs simple words and grammar. The most common form for Haiku is three short lines with the first line consisting of five syllables, the second line consisting of seven syllables and the third line consisting of five syllables. Haiku is more like free verse and less like rhyming poetry.

“Rhyku” is my variation of Haiku and follows all the Haiku precepts except for the rhyming part. All three lines of a Rhyku must rhyme. I list below some of my attempts at Rhyku. I have added a[n] [alliterative] title for each Rhyku although this is not a requirement for Rhyku or Haiku.

Hie Queue: / The longer the wait / More does one become irate / To flee static state. /

Solution sought: / Era of foreclosure / New age seeming insecure / What will be the cure? /

Tracking Traffic: / Rhythm in chaos / Ebb and flow continuous / All with a purpose? /

Veiled View: / Mountainous terrain / Rising above wooded plain / Misty in the rain /

Cain and Abel: / Dying Abel bled / Now there was no need to dread / But Cain’s soul was dead. /

Loaded lobbies: / Where greed is the creed / There will not be paid any heed / To people in need. /

Reparation Repentance: / Torrent of blood spilt / Destroying homes and lives built / Repayment for guilt. /

Perennial Poetry: / Words that are sublime / Inspiring in any clime / Transcending our time. /

Primary Prerogative: / Sun always rises / Even after dire crisis / So too, does Pisces. /

High Cue: / The dark of the night / Makes way for the early light / Then the sun shines bright. /


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One Response to “Rhyku”

  1. Jay Says:

    Introduced them to haiku and rhyku today. So took them to your site. Basked in your glory.

    English study hard
    Do not understand the bard
    Not to my standard

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