Author's Bio: Hannah Gifford is a Junior at Millikin University studying Human Services with a minor in Music. She is involved on campus with Alpha Phi Omega, Chamber Chorale, and InterVarsity. After Millikin, she hopes to pursue a career in non-profit work or school counseling.
Spark of the Heart
Spark of the Heart is dedicated to the loved ones supporting me every day. These include my family who unconditionally love me, my friends who laugh with me, and my boyfriend who encourages me daily. I hope this work honors those who have raised me and my Father who I live for.
I chose Spark of the Heart as my title, because it embodies the inspiration behind my haiku. I write about experiences, those I have been through or seen that touched my heart in some way, such as pain, love, and hope. The spark occurred when I found a form of poetic expression to a past moment. One haiku really expresses how I came to write my poetry.
spark of the heart
These chosen haiku were selected for the responses they evoke and how relatable the haiku are with each reader. My hope is that these specific poems would remind readers of an instance they treasured but may have forgotten by the wayside. A spark is what poetry is to me, a tiny inkling of a thought that turns into written beauty.