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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 and news and reaction to the UK’s vote to leave the EU.
Over the coming weeks we will share these haiku on FT.com and social media. We will also be encouraging readers to share their feedback.
Cabrera: far from the Magaluf crowd. By Paul Richardson
Black lizard darting
across the path a sudden
smell of juniper
Preparing a scone
should one first apply the jam
or the Cornish cream
The Fast Lane: A mystery destination. By Tyler Brûlé
nails and watches far too big
for their dainty wrists
London’s enduring ethos of anything goes. By Janan Ganesh
A taste for chaos
whose ultimate expression
is the physical
Day three post Bitfinex hack: bitcoin bailouts, liabilities and hard forks. By Izabella Kaminska
of doves to scrupulously
police the network
Haley Bonar: Impossible Dream — review. By Ludovic Hunter-Tilney
dream of outrunning the past
a notion threaded
Olé to Argentine Cahors. By Andrew Jefford
Out of their orbits
there were huge slabs of limestone
everywhere big hills
For more FT haiku go to www.ft.com/hidden-haiku