EZ-PZ Writes – September 17, 2022

mellow yellow
leaves crumbly brown

Poetry form – Hay(na)ku

In a traditional Hay(na)ku, there are:

  • A tercet: 3 lines.
  • A total of 6 words: 1 in the first line, 2 in the second line, and 3 in the third line.
  • There is no restriction on syllables or stressed or rhymes.


  • In the ‘reverse’ haynaku, the longest line is placed first and the shortest last. The total is still 6 words: 3 in the first line, 2 in the second line, and 1 in the third line.
  • Multiple hay(na)ku can be chained to form a longer poem.
  • See the anthology for more variations.


Image by Peggychoucair from Pixabay

Published by Eugi

"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words." - Robert Frost

32 thoughts on “EZ-PZ Writes – September 17, 2022

  1. Do you have a page for ‘poetic forms’.
    I think I copied this one from another one of your posts.
    But having ‘new’ forms together would be helpful 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. No, but that is a great idea. I have many of the forms copied into a word doc so it wouldn’t be difficult to set up a page. I’ll work on it!

      Liked by 1 person

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: