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Adding a verb gives the proper grammatical flow between lines two and three. If one added 'in the' to the first line, the ku would read as 'in the low winter sun raspberry leaves glow red and green' which, to my ears would be a run-onsentence.

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But first he said, "Learn the rules." If you are at that stage of the game (we are all, at all times, students), here are some old and new rules. You can't physically follow all of these, because they conflict, but among them I would hope you'd pick a set just for you. Then write down your thoughts, impressions, and feelings whilefollowing your own rules.

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You've heard Robert Frost's saying poetry without rules is like a tennis match without a net and it is true also for haiku. And Basho had his motto: "Learn the rules; andthen forget them."

A cricket disturbedthe sleeping child; on theporcha man smoked and smiled.

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13. Have two images that are only in contrast when illuminated by the third image. Example: two things ready /but not touching the space between / fire

19. Use of common sentence syntax in both phrases.

12. Have two images that are only associative when illuminated by the third image. Example: fire-white halo / atthe moment of eclipse / I notice your face

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11. Have two images that are only comparative when illuminated by the third image. Example: spirit in retreat /cleaning first the black stove / and washing my hands

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5. Less than 17 syllables written in three lines asshort-long-short.

One other variation on this subject is the haiku in which the break occurs in the middle of the second line. Often one finds this in translations of Basho's haikai taken out of context from a renga. Basically you have a two-liner set into three lines. Occasionally one will find an English haiku written in this manner. Again, it is often 'rescued' out of a renga or written by people using 5-7-5 syllable count who end up with too many images as in this example from edited by Helen Chenoweth in 1966 who wrote:

They should be humorous but they should also strike us somewhere as being truly persuasive.

8. Use a season word (kigo) or seasonal reference.

Today a neighbor came by bringing us some fresh fish hehad caught on his most recent boat trip. As we thanked him,he spread his arms saying, "They are not from me; theyonly come through me." At that moment I realized asimilarity between fish and haiku.

4. Seventeen syllables written in a vertical (flush leftor centered) line.

14. Always written in the present tense of here andnow.

21. Study the order in which the images are presented. First the wide-angle view, medium range and zoomed in close-up. (Thanks to George Price for thisclarification!)