The Hay(na)ku Verse Form, a 21st century poetry form. Information taken from the site http://www.baymoon.com/~ariadne/form/haynaku.htm History. Invented by poet Eileen Tabios, who is also publisher, Meritage Press. Officially inaugurated on the Web on June 12th, 2003 (Philippine Independence Day). The form spread through the Web to poets all over the world. Eileen Tabiosinitially called the form "the Pinoy Haiku". Vince Gotera proposed the name "hay(na)ku", and this name has stuck. This corresponds to a Tagalog phrase that means roughly "Oh!" or (in Spanish) "Madre mía". Hay(na)ku is pronounced ai-na-koo, the first syllable being pronounced "ai" (silent aitch, like Cockneys would say it). Example. Some of the favorites in the anthology are Dan Waber's: Nothingadds up.Love isn't math. and Craig Freeman's MoonshineAnd greatQuantities of hills. Form. In a traditional Hay(na)ku, there are: A tercet: 3 lines. A total of 6 words: 1 in the first line, 2 in the second line, and 3 in the third line. There is no restriction on syllables or stressed or rhymes. Variations: In the 'reverse'haynaku, the longest line is placed first and the shortest last. The total is still 6 words: 3 in the first line, 2 in the second line, and 1 in the third line. Multiple hay(na)ku can be chainedto form a longer poem. See the anthology for more variations. Let's create some beautiful Hay(na)ku Poetry! Who would like to go first?