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.

A surprising number of these poetic forms are 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.

UK looks at paying billions into EU budget after Brexit. By George Parker, Martin Arnold and Alex Barker

With Theresa you
have to listen carefully
to the silences

Dublin Theatre Festival 2016, various venues — review. By Sarah Hemming

it shifts through darkness
to an eruption of light
and joy at the end

SNP members divided on referendum timing. By Mure Dickie and Henry Mance

For many members
a second referendum
cannot come too soon

Battle of Hastings (2016) gives black eye to anti-Europe feeling. By Joshua Chaffin

on the hallowed ground
with blunted battle axes
rubber tipped arrows

Bob Dylan’s lyrics: FT reporters pick their favourites. By FT Reporters

one of toil and blood
When blackness was a virtue
and the road was full

Theresa May’s activism is a decisive break with the past. By Martin Wolf

We form families
communities towns cities
counties and nations

America’s dilemma over Russian cyber attacks. By FT View

new form of warfare
the consequences of which
must not be allowed

For more FT haiku go to www.ft.com/hidden-haiku

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