Readers of the Fluxus Blog will know that I have been working on my own variation of Haiku poetry – writing 3 line haikus that are 3, 6, and 9 syllables for a total of 18 syllables. Now that I have an established rule-form for my Haikus I have decided to give them a name of their own. I am calling them cHaiku. Chai means “life” in Hebrew and the letters that spell the Hebrew word “Chai” also represent the number 18. Since my 3-6-9 Haikus are 18 syllables and since at least one line must be about life or nature, I am calling them cHaiku.
Rules for Chaiku:
- Total 18 syllables
- First line 3 syllables
- Second line 6 syllables
- Third line 9 syllables
- At least one of the lines must be directly related to life or nature
Readers of the Fluxlist, the Fluxlist Blog, or will find several examples