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.)
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
have said there
seeds nor bad
raisers; I, however,
must have never
in his garden.
Two Original Hay(na)ku
a white sky.
When the Boat is on Fire
to argue blame
is on fire.
with one purpose
to stay afloat.
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