Writing Tip: Poetry Form – Hay Na Ku


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Poetry Form: Hay Na Ku

A Hay Na Ku is a Filipino Haiku.  It is a contemporary word count structure developed by Eileen Tabios.  It is a tercet of three lines, has a total of six words, one in the first line, two in the second line, and three in the third line. There are no restrictions on syllable counts, stressed, or rhymes. Variations include in the ‘reverse’ haynaku, the longest line is placed first and the shortest last. The total is still six words: three in the first line, two in the second line, and one in the third line. Multiple hay(na)ku can be chained to form a longer poem.



She Drove Black


Driving Black

Pushed over cattle

Profiled darkie faces

Be damned



Like savage

A disenfranchised citizen

Her young life

It mattered


What really happened

Sandra Bland


Her empty cell

It knows


Written By: Jody Austin

JodyAbout the Author

Jody’s mother was and is still a poet and artist who introduced her to poetry and expressive writing as a child in elementary school. Her bed time stories were of Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, Marcus Garvey, Phylis Wheatley, Langston Hughes, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Chavez, Gil Scott Heron, Khalil Gibran, The Last Poets, and many others. All of these influences started Jody’s creative writing experiences as a child and throughout her adulthood.

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