Whether cooking, kissing, poetry: we learn best through experience. The freshness of spontaneous expression of haiku, its presence, the immediate description of what is, appealing not just to the mind but to the senses ... Over a hundred good examples of this are included in this book. The first part introduces the basic knowledge of haiku, shows us the status of this form of poetry, as it has solidified in recent years and decades. A brief historical overview follows: The development of haiku in Japan and its way into the world are outlined. Connections of the haiku with other arts, with pictures and other forms of literature follow. Chapters that can be described as deepening follow. I hope that they are suitable to go beyond mere comprehension, that they not only increase knowledge, but also question, relativize - and bring it to life through the fact that they are used for new reading, for more precise reading, possibly for new poetry to inspire. Knowledge and inspiration - that is what these pages want to offer. Knowledge is solid and dead when it is written down. Inspiration is alive and flowing, rewrites everything that is solid over and over again. From this field of tension, the haiku looks at us, poetry looks at us, and we may sometimes look back.