Global Haiku • Fall 2010
Dr. Randy Brooks

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Danny Delaney

Daniel Delaney, a current student of Millikin University, has been practicing the art of writing haiku in various forms over this past semester. He’s studied many authors and topics that have resulted in a firm understanding of what makes his haiku tick. He is inspired by both unique experiences and day-to-day life. It’s his belief that each individual has his/her own form of art because it is shaped by what we’ve gone through on our journey to where we are today. With art, there is tragedy and happiness; suspense and resolution; love and hate; and logic and emotion. It is through these differing life experiences, both good and bad, that we shape our perceptions of the world around us; and, it is through this everyday learning process that we learn how to convey our experiences to others through haiku.

Strawberry Moon
a kasen renga

essay on
Spider Haiku

Gems of Life

Danny Delaney

The Gems of Life is a collection of haiku by Daniel Delaney about the world around us. It is about its flaws and the perfection of our imperfection. He attempts to capture the feelings that all of us feel, but only a few of us know. For instance, he writes the following:

wrist bound
and rebound . . .
life sets me free

Here he talks about how no matter how much we try to avoid it, life throws us a curve every once in awhile; however, he isn’t scorning this. In fact, he is embracing it, because it is through these misfortunes and tragedies that we become who we are today. Without problems, our lives would be boring and eventless. We wouldn’t be able to learn from our mistakes and become better people. After all, as Robert Brault says, “When life takes the wind out of your sails, it is to test you at the oars.” 

doe eye stares
at blood red shoulder
she eats another leaf

incessant rain
strikes the tulip
. . . again

the deer
under my stand . . .

starving wolf pack
peruse neighbor's yard
dog food

late night hour,
she asks—what's love?
alarm at seven.

© 2010, Randy Brooks • Millikin University
All rights returned to authors upon publication.