Haiku are meant to provoke thought by way of using an image, without giving any direct thoughts of its own... haiku are usually about nature, and always about "nature" in the sense of, the physical aspects. Haiku describes something, and it is that image that is meant to provoke a thought, or point towards some meaning. The meaning itself lies entirely in the image.
I was talking about this with someone a while ago, who has done a lot of study in Japanese history, and he looked up "Senryu" in a japanese dictionary he had... the definition was "a comic Haiku." For our purposes, though, a senryu is something that uses 5-7-5 as a format, without the haiku requirement of being thought-provoking imagery.
(edit: changed 7-5-7 to 5-7-5, which is what it is, but I typoed, pardon my error)
"Faith" means the will to avoid knowing what is true.
~ Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
[This message has been edited by Local Parasite (02-01-2003 01:38 AM).]