Newport Beach, CA, USA
LOL I don't mind as many lessons as you like :-) Email me if you'd like to know more. As for this question, no, it does not., If you read mine (have you been to my website?) you will find with and some without. Here is the thing about that. Because of the differences in our languages (japanese and English) there are MANY who believe that an english haiku would be more properly written with 13-14 syllables. I was actually rejected from many prestigious haiku journals because my traditional 5-7-5 poems were TOO LONG!!!!! So I learned to write it both ways...now they are so natural to me they just happen, one way or the other :-)Here is one I published a few years ago that was shorter....
Yesterday's cut hair
gleams in the sparrow's nest
another more recently published one, and one ofmy very favorites of my hundreds, is
so deep even crickets
in fact, that may be THE best one I ever wrote :-)
I appreciate your interest in this form that is so dear to me Paul...email me, I would be glad to share more about writing it with you.
"We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion.....the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?"
--John Keating, Dead Poets Society