Haiku is one of the most important form of traditional Japanese poetry. Haiku is, today, a 17-syllable verse form consisting of three metrical units of 5, 7, and 5 syllables. Since early days, there has been confusion between the three related termsHaiku, HokkuandHaikai.The term hokkuliterally means "starting verse", and was the first starting link of a much longer chain of verses known ashaika.Because thehokkuset the tone for the rest of the poetic chain, it enjoyed a privileged position inhaikai poetry, and it was not uncommon for a poet to compose ahokkuby itself without following up with the rest of the chain.
around the pond I wander
and the night is gone.