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.

Celebration and controversy as the National Parks Service hits 100. By Henry Shukman

An hour later
and a thousand feet lower 
we found ourselves

Eimear McBride: leaving home. By Eimear McBride

so wild and so young 
I began to uncover 
another London

Star Trek at 50: still an idealistic Enterprise? By Peter Aspden

acquired through strife 
debate and meticulous 

moral reasoning

UBS Wealth looks on 'bright side of Brexit'. By Katie Martin

robbery turns out 
to be a misunderstood 

Review — Thomas Rid's ‘The Rise of the Machines’ . By John Thornhill

tale of the golem 
a shapeless clay figure brought 
to life by humans

Julieta — film review: ‘Complex, gorgeously styled’. By Nigel Andrews

rhymes with the image 
still fresh in our mind’s eyes 
of a stag bounding

Training lessons from the Book of Corbyn. By Robert Shrimsley

Jeremy travelled 
north with a great and righteous 
fury to explain

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

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