PACE Global Haiku • PACE July 2016
Dr. Randy Brooks

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Bethany Wetherholt

Reader Response Essay:
Gary Hotham's Haiku

Early in the Morning

Bethany Wetherholt

This collection of haiku are the best that I have written in the 2016 Global Haiku course at Millikin University. The haiku in this book mean something to me on a personal level. Whether that be memories I have as a child or simply because they speak to me on an emotional level. At the beginning of this course, I was not sure what Haiku was or that I would even enjoy it. Now that the class has come to an end I can say I have an appreciation for Haiku and enjoy this particual

early in the morning
she counts her blessings
in the garden


the weight of the world
she tells herself
just keep swimming

walking the trail
berries in her bucket
dog at her side


criss-cross crust
made with love
apple pie

he leans on the bar
scars on his arm



cleaning his shed
I stare at the wall
Dad's fishing poles

watching her kids swim
she looks down at her belly


sitting in the car
after the storm

standing at the waterfall
she opens the urn
his ashes


hoodies and hot chocolate
he pulls the red wagon
pumpkin patch

morning moon
I walk to work


umbrella drink
the cold water rolls
over my feet

a crisp autumn night
the cowbell rings


the laughter of children
skipping down the street
schools out

staring out the window
tails wagging
momma is home


little girl and dog
in her room—
dress up

nose through the screen
he sniff the air


autumn sunset—
sitting on the bench
boy and his dog


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