Week Twenty-Seven: Hay(na)ku

Hay(na)ku Introduction

The hay(na)ku is a newer form that is beautiful in its simplicity. It’s a short form—a three-line poem like the haiku—but unlike that traditional form, words are counted instead of syllables. The hay(na)ku was invented by poet Eileen Tabios. (See links at the end of this post to learn more.)

Key Features

Form: a three-line form (tercet) with one word in the first line, two words in the second line, and three words in the third line. Tercets may be repeated to create a longer work, like in the example below.

Example Hay(na)ku by Rebeka Lembo

Hugo might
have said there

neither bad
seeds nor bad

but bad
raisers; I, however,

believe he
must have never

little hogweeds
in his garden.


Two Original Hay(na)ku


shivering under
a white sky.

When the Boat is on Fire

no time
to argue blame

the boat
is on fire.

must act
with one purpose

we wish
to stay afloat.


Want to Learn More? Start Here:

Hay(na)ku – Writer’s Digest
Hay(na)ku Poetry – Haynakupoetry.blogspot
Hay(na)ku – Eileen R Tabios


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