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.

Brazil pins hopes on Neymar to win elusive Olympic football gold. By Murad Ahmed and Samantha Pearson

A political
crisis a deep recession
and a corruption

South Africa’s local elections set to challenge ruling ANC. By David Pilling

Blankets woollen hats
and scarves as a mist descends
on the gloomy streets

Five decades of decadence at Ibiza’s Pacha. By Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

She is unable
to think of any other
reason for a man

Memory in mind. By Susie Boyt

An ironing board
and a one bar electric
fire and despair

The Fast Lane: Decency, respect and the digital world. By Tyler Brûlé

Yes I’ve met Lucy
Kellaway but no we don’t
hang out together

Diane Arbus: hunter of eccentricity. By Ariella Budick

Another image
of a pig strung from a hook
its skin luminous

Olympic style: the good, the bad and the crazy. By Alex Bilmes

No better statement
than a chest decorated
with a gold medal

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

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