EN340 / IN350 Global Haiku Tradition
Dr. Randy Brooks
Millikin University PACE Summer2003
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Pat Donnelly

As a beginning writer of haiku I realize there is much left to learn. At the outset of my learning experience, I had the preconceived notion that haiku consisted of a three line poem with seventeen syllables. I quickly learned otherwise. Haiku should be brief, talk about nature (other than human nature), sense of imagery, written in the present tense, and create a sense of awe or wonder.

The haiku selected have some or, in rare cases all of the aforementioned attributes. They reference nature, present tense, and have a sense of imagery. As to brevity and awe, although one or two may vaguely achieve these goals, there is still work to be done. That is the beauty found in writing haiku: poems that require continuous refinement by the author and never quite finished. The mechanics of writing haiku comes with practice, while the feelings of the writer evolve with life experiences that change viewpoints and memories.

To me the most important criteria for writing haiku are to share a thought, feeling, or memory with others. I hope you enjoy reading my haiku as much as I have enjoyed writing them.


man on a mower
cutting tall grass
thoughts turn to fishing

    daybreak at water's edge
    headlights peer into heavens

bright sky
shows beaver hut
where fish hide

    a tail slaps the water
    and the cork disappears

day's catch complete
removing entrails
a man enjoys a beer

    the sun sets
    on fresh cut grass

Frank Brannock & Pat Donnelly

children run and scream
in the autumn night
kick the can

summer storm approaches
back at the cabin
raccoons join the conversation



eggs sunnyside up
swimming in bacon greese
pigs squeal downwind

rolling mist
across the lake
just me and my dad



big and small footprints
in fresh snow outside church
the flock stomps past

just me and my dad
going fishing
morning dew soaks our shoes



outside the tropical fish store
a punk rocker walks by
colors of the rainbow

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