|Haiku is a poetry form of Japanese origin.
Western haiku has traditionally contained 17 syllables arranged in three unrhymed lines. But many experts argue that the original Japanese convention does not precisely translate to ``syllables,'' and that shorter Western poems better capture the spirit of haiku. Rather than take sides, I have included examples of the popular 5-7-5 form as well as a shorter 4-5-3 form that seems to suit. A few are in free verse.
Strictly speaking, many of the poems contained here are not haiku (which is supposed to create an intense sensation relating to nature), but rather more like senryu (which isn't, necessarily).
Why haiku and hockey? Well, it seems an obvious match to me. Certainly those familiar with hockey will recognize its many zen-like qualities, for example:
The real question is: why not more hockey haiku?
|Hockey is a sports form of Canadian origin.
It is traditionally played by teams comprising six skaters (including the goaltender), on an ice surface divided into three zones, in three 20 minute periods.
I believe most of these haiku can be appreciated by people who don't know anything about the sport, but the glossary of hockey terms below might help you enjoy them more: