Never mind, I'm on crack. SEVENTEEN syllables. (math isn't my thing) So you still got it! Kind of: "Had to look the damn word up, then to top it off I still don't get it" Okay, I'm finished helping now.
Haikus don't have to rhyme. Actually, they usually don't. They're just three-line poems (5-7-5), usually about nature. English counts syllables, but I think it works slightly differently in Japanese (I can't remember exactly). I think there's also some rule about a stop or pause between the second and third lines, but it's been a while since I read up on it. Anyway, it doesn't really matter; most people will accept any poem that follows the 5-7-5 syllable pattern as being a haiku. So, a haiku might look something like: The warm, gentle breezeblows across my smiling face.Spring is in the air.
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