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It’s very important to remember in this process that if we stick to the rules 100% and only create Haiku according to them, and based on masters instructions and examples, we will never create anything new.

And trust me, even in an art as new as Haiku (a bit over 100 years, which in comparison to lyric poetry, which is over a thousand years old) it is hard to create something original.

Having the opportunity of discussing the originality as an aspect of writing haiku poems, let me quote a haiku by Chris Spruck:

Faceless, just numbered.
Lone pixel in the bitmap-
I, anonymous.

Even though this haiku breaks our fourth rule of how to write haikus, it still is an amazing poem, mainly from my point of view because of its originality.

So remember, rules are there to brake them!