Previous post highlights fun of using a few words. So what

happened to the haiku “rule” of 5-7-5 syllables in three lines?

This “rule” came from attempts to follow Japanese form of

5-7-5 sounds of their language vs syllables in English.

Using 17 syllables in English often results in using word

the, a or elongating words unnecessarily. E.g. 17 vs 12 syllables:

reading in winter                              winter reading

no need to turn the pages               no turning pages

i am watching clouds                         watching clouds