The ancestor of haiku was tanka. It consisted of 31 syllables arranged in 5 lines; 5,7,5 syllables (the form of haiku), and 7and 7syllables. An example in English I wrote follows:
A thousand petals
Are caught by an errant breeze.
A whirling dervish
Of fuchsia envelopes me,
Startled on my bicycle.
As a fan of Anime and Japanese culture I'm very pleased with this series as it gives me in depth