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Haiku is a traditional form of Japanese poetry. Each poem contains 17 syllables which are distributed over three lines: 5 7 5. Haiku traditionally reference a season and are generally observations of everyday life.

haikU calls on three databases of potential haiku lines to randomly create a poem for any given moment in time. The challenge of writing successful random haiku, is that each line must be 'open' enough to create a connection with any two other random haiku lines. Successful random haiku develop an image in the reader's mind that gives cause for contemplation/reflection/awareness.

haikU invites you, the net audience, to collaborate by writing individual lines of haiku and submitting them to the haiku database. Your contributions become available to haikU via the computer's random function.

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