Architectural Haiku

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Architectural Haiku

Traditional Japanese haiku consists of 17 “on” (not quite syllables), the “kireji” (the cutting) and the “kigo” (a seasonal reference). All of this does not exactly translate to English form of literature. The Japanese form is consists of 3 phrases of 5, 7, 5 “on” respectively. The English version has translated this form into 17 syllables across three lines of text with 5, then 7, then 5 syllables per line. The notion of a juxtaposition of two thoughts is still maintained. This is referred to as the cut, or “kireji”.  In modern haiku, this can be created by a word or a punctuation mark. In modern Haiku, seasonal references and references to nature are often forgone as well. The content of the modern Haiku is as varied as literature.

So I have taken some time to create a few. Just for fun.  They do not all follow the form of the kireji, but they are related to architecture and maintain the 5, 7, 5 form.


Haiku poetry (5)

Seventeen syllables each (7)

Written in three lines (5)


Non Traditional (5)

Abandons Japanese form (7)

Yet requires the cut (5)


Architecture works

Yet it is always sleeping

In its creator


Modernism thought

Clean, simple complexity

Function forms delight

Components align

Within the mind’s eye before

Single line is drawn


 The artist creates

Architectural  statements

Cleverness is key


Please feel free to write your own Haiku in the comment section. Or post a haiku on Twitter with the hashtag #ArchHaiku.