Kimo: Poetic Form

Today’s form is a haiku variant, and those are always fun. So let’s take a look at the kimo!

Kimo Poems

Kimo poems are an Israeli version of haiku. Apparently, there was a need for more syllables in Hebrew. That said, most of the rules are still familiar:

  • 3 lines.
  • No rhymes.
  • 10 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second, and 6 in the third.

Also, the kimo is focused on a single frozen image (kind of like a snapshot). So it’s uncommon to have any movement happening in kimo poems.


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Here’s my attempt at a Kimo Poem:

Meeting of the Minds, by Robert Lee Brewer

His hands over his face, the father sits
facing his son, who’s hidden
underneath his blankets.


Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.


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13 thoughts on “Kimo: Poetic Form

  1. MargoL

    February’s tiresome clouds blacken
    ’tis wintry day of delight –
    longing for it to end.

    The mountain of dirty dishes in the
    kitchen sink. Always rushing –
    lost in repeated task.

  2. taylor graham


    Winter aspens neither quake nor shiver –
    leaves fallen under the snow,
    not even shadows move.

    At the Visitors Center they miss her –
    remembered tight-lipped grin, her
    back-in-the-saddle, gone.


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