A Japanese haiku is a microcosm composed of 17 syllables in 3 phrases 5-7-5. Within this limited verse haiku poets are able to express a great variety of feelings and thoughts at times catching the glimpse of eternity through the commonplace. Like the literary associations, the social context of haiku extends the richness of meaning of these brief poems. The strength of Haiku is their ability to suggest and evoke rather then merely to describe.
Zen’s insistence on enlightenment of the ordinary world at the present moment, right here, right now, has both mirrored and influences the haiku spirit. Every poem is located both in nature and time and offers not the idea of experience but the experience itself.