One two three four five
One two three four, five six sev
One two three four fiveA haiku typically has the characteristic known as kiru, or cutting. The haiku will start by reflecting one thought and then "cut" to another, often pivoting on a single word or syllable. In modern times, especially in America, haiku is defined more loosely. It may have less than seventeen syllables and is often written on one line, three, or even in a circle. I have settled on my own understanding of haiku as a form of poetry which is terse and concise, attempting to catch the essence of a feeling, mood, or situation while working within certain rules, sometimes bending them but not breaking them.