Seventeen Syllables People

The most important trait of a haiku is observing a singular present moment in your environment, which means using present tense. Observing the moment is more important than using the right number of syllables; many poets break syllable count because useless words can bog down a simple observation. Kiru/kireji seems to be an important aesthetic feature and may make syllable count more important. Haiku isn’t about people having social interactions, that is senryu.