I had a wierd thing happen with my post, accidentally deleted it, and now I'm putting it back:
I can't stay out of this one. (They are hilarious so far.) I found three definitions of haiku:
A) American Heritage Dictionary hai·ku n. pl. haiku, also hai·kus [Japanese : hai, amusement (from Middle Chinese bij, pha·j) + ku, sentence (from Middle Chinese kuh).] 1) A Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables, traditionally invoking an aspect of nature or the seasons. 2) A poem written in this form.
B) Princeton's wordnet haiku n : an epigrammatic Japanese verse form of three short lines
C) U S Census Bureau Haiku, HI Zip code(s): 96708
Personally, "C" is my favorite. Also, as a sometime practicing poet and scholar, my understanding of haiku is that although there are syllabic strictures, the actual form is not as important as the fact that it is a trenchant, witty observation in three (or sometimes two) lines (which is supposed to reference nature but oh, well, who paints on velvet with ink, anyway? LOL).
From Dae Jang-geum: Sun-dol: "Are you trying to dry me up and kill me? Why do you say the same things over and over every day? Rather, come and hit me once! Aigu!" But then: Dr. Lazarus: "By Grabthar's hammer, by the suns of Warvan... You shall be avenged."