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Haiku are an ancient form of Japanese poetry that have recently become popular in English. By analysing the articles the Financial Times publishes every day with a computer programme, we have unearthed some accidental but powerful haiku.

The poems follow the form and style of a traditional Japanese haiku — typically a three-line observation about a fleeting moment involving nature with 17 syllables arranged in a 5–7–5 pattern.

There are a surprising number of these poetic forms buried inside the hundreds of articles the FT publishes every day, from stories as diverse as the columns of Martin Wolf to the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff.

Over the coming weeks we will share these haikus on FT.com and social media. We will also be encouraging readers to share their feedback.

Opening Quote: Javid in India for Tata Steel talks. By Chris Nuttall

Unbecoming pumps
with a focus on product
quality and fit

Here is how populism can be defeated. There is a widespread belief that the system is being exploited by disreputable insiders. By Martin Wolf

It is tough to fail
in a culture that worships
personal success

Brexiters’ insouciance is the privilege of the rich. The Leave campaigners’ droll routine is all the worse for their pose as underdog yeomen. By Janan Ganesh.

Well nobody said
the path to freedom is lined
with cherry blossom

On the trail of the Siberian tiger. Deep in the Russian wilderness, an expert on this rare beast has opened his research base to visitors. But with only 500 left in the wild, would Sophy Roberts spot one? By Sophy Roberts.

To see these imprints
in the snow creates a tug
of expectation

Mortgage until your 80s? Here are your options. More people face repaying loans after they retire. By James Pickford.

Can’t assume the kids
will always have the parents
best interests at heart

Work until 70 for more generous state pension, says Lord Turner. Former head of Pensions Commission to put ideas to official review. By Hugo Greenhalgh and Josephine Cumbo.

I do not think we
have been creative enough
about creating

Container shipping lines mired in crisis. Companies led by Maersk grapple with freight rates at record lows amid sluggish growth in global trade. By Robert Wright.

should in theory bring greater

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