It forces you to put your thoughts into a mathematical format - five syllables for the first line, seven for the second and wrap your thoughts all up in a big five syllable finish.
When I worked for the department store which shall not be named, we'd have Haiku writing contests and email them back and forth to each other.
My lack of employment forced me to spread my holiday spending over a period of several months rather than my usual December 24th shopping spree at QuikTrip, so I was done early.
Tree decorated? Check. Presents all bought and wrapped? Check. Cookies baked? Check. Toilet cleaned? Check.
As a consequence, I've had time on my hands to delve into the origins of Haiku and compose a few of my own.
According to Wikipedia (I know, I know . . . I'm a Wiki head. Shut up.):
"Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry, consisting of 17 Japanese on (a phonetic unit identical to the mora), in three metrical phrases of 5, 7, and 5 on respectively, and typically containing a kigo, or seasonal reference. In Japanese, haiku are traditionally printed in a single vertical line, while Haiku in English usually appear in three lines, to equate to the Japanese haiku's three metrical phrases. Previously called hokku, it was given its current name by the Japanese writer Masaiko Shiki at the end of the 19th century."
What could be a more seasonal subject than December 25th?
I wrote these on the bus today:
No money for gifts.
I will Simonize your car
when it gets warmer.
I'm a smart shopper!
I won't buy Rock Band 3 when
air guitar is free.
and my personal favorite
It's Jesus' birthday!
He knows what his present is
because he's Jesus.
Domo Arigato. Have the happiest of holidays, y'all.