A HAIKU is an ancient Japanese type of classic three-line proverb, or poem constrained to seventeen syllables. Five in the first and last lines with seven for the middle line. They can be formatted in the English idiom but the number of syllables makes them very limited, and difficult to compose.

It is interesting to note that the vast majority of modern Haiku do not conform to this classical tradition of 5-7-5. It is an added bonus if the writer can incorporate a rhyme or two into the Haiku.

The collection that follows comprises ten sets of ten Haiku each they are sometimes known as “Huddles of HAIKU.” The following “Radical Haiku” total ten Huddles of Ten comprising 100 haiku and together with the one hundred poems comprise “The Century Collection”