EN340 / IN350 Global Haiku Tradition
Dr. Randy Brooks
Millikin University PACE November 2004
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Barbara Connelley

Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry changed into a form of American poetry. Haiku uses one's senses, imagination, emotion, nature, memories when writing as well as reading. Haiku writing is not specific in nature—it is meant for the reader to interpret; depending on what type of linkage is used, the meaning can vary with interpretation. A person learns much about the writer by reading his works.

Most of my haiku come from memories of experiences with my husband during our short lives together. I have enjoyed trying to write haiku although at times it has been frustrating.


long summer walk
on the family farm
my husband and I

mushroom hunting
peace and quiet

polished guns
husband's funeral



on its back
asleep in the sunshine

bright morning
snowdrifts over the car
home after work



a barren garden
dark gray sky
a view from my window

sitting on the porch
pitter patter of rain
wet ground

peeking thru the soil . . .
flower bud

in the garden
shoots in rows
renewed growth

in a maple tree
songs of joy
new life appears

down the street . . .
baby cries

frantically unbury . . .

by Barbara Connelley & Victoria Williams


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