Kimo is a poetic variation of the haiku. It was created originally to better suit the syllabic counts of Hebrew, hence the Israeli Haiku moniker. It is a poem of three lines that follows a syllable structure of 10 – 7 – 6. They are typically written to capture a “snapshot” of life. There is not much movement, if any, in Kimo poetry but rather a dedicated effort to capture an image. It is a great form to use to encapsulate a single moment in time. The poem is usually unrhymed.
Rules of the Kimo
- It is a poem of 3 lines
- The first line is 10 syllables, the second line is 7, and the third line is 6
- It is unrhymed
- It seeks to capture a “snapshot” of life