Global Haiku • Fall 2012
Dr. Randy Brooks

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Seth Harshman


Seth Harshman

I began writing haiku in fourth grade when my teacher taught a poetry unit that consisted of various forms of poetry including haiku. Of course, the five-seven-five format was strictly utilized during this unit, and that was all we knew. I excelled in poetry in my younger years and was told I had a knack for it. However, I didn’t continue to practice it, because, in the mind of a young adolescent, what’s the point? After taking a college-level haiku course, I have learned a great deal about haiku and undoubtedly grown as an author. Throughout the process I have discovered a previously absent peace in haiku, for the genre, in general, typically promotes a relaxed mood. I feel as though it has opened up my mind, allowing me to, first, think differently when writing haiku, and second, improve my poetic and lyrical creativity. I entitled this collection “Driving”, because another time when my mind is most at peace and open is when I’m driving. Additionally, the word is included in my very favorite of the haiku I wrote this semester.

It is hard for me to explain how I selected these haiku to present, for I simply based their quality on the way I felt after rereading each of them. Although I could deeply analyze each haiku, I can typically define the quality of them immediately after reading them. I would thank the works of George Swede, Peggy Lyles, Matsuo Basho, and Jack Kerouac for inspiring my writing throughout the semester as well as Dr. Brooks for teaching me how to open my mind a little bit wider. These are my haiku, and I hope you enjoy them.

don't come out
wherever you are

joining in
soft applause
the falling rain

unscrewing the cap
of my water jug
a conversation begins

trip to a football game
am I just
your ride?

fitting in
and breaking the mold

home away from home
surrounded by brothers—
an only child

he fights for her love
until she is green
in the face

driving through tunnels
of yellow and orange
no more bumps in the road


© 2012, Randy Brooks • Millikin University
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