EN340 / IN350 Global Haiku Tradition
Dr. Randy Brooks
Millikin University PACE November 2004
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Jan Runion

After this haiku course I became more introspective about the little things in life. The class made me look at things in a different way, think about each individual action, thought and word. I found haiku very insightful and meaningful. I wrote mainly from memories and feelings. Seasonal haiku and relationships are where most of my writings came from. This book contains some of my work that I feel closest to.


last trip together
smile so bright
then she passes

waiting at the door
home at last
my best friend

barren land
full of dormant creatures
longing for spring



long summer day
grass freshly mowed
tall cool beer

asleep on the floor
arm around a pile of gold fur
a boy and his dog



snow covered hill
       n d   d
    a           o
  p               w
u                   n
sleds strewn about

alone in the city
speeding along an unknown path
Yellow Cab



rubbing sweat from her brow
as she weeds the garden
honeybees buzzing

Spitler Woods Park Ginko

crisp air
trees almost

beneath the trees
children swing
up to heaven

naked stems
flowers yearn
for buds

frail grass
as we walk

branches against blue sky
birds starting to sing
morning unfolds

autumn breeze
early morning frost
fog lifting

barren land
full of dormant creatures
longing for spring

down the path
fallen branches
snap under our feet

cool morning air
red cheeks
frozen fingers

sitting on the old log
writing out thoughts
our teeth chatter

frost covered earth
our footprints
follow us

by Julie Edmonson, Jan Runion & Jill Doyle



         A Christmas Carol Rengay

smell of pine
lights aflicker

         watching their breath
         as they sing

footprints heavily
in the snow
big and little

         chapped lips
         rosie cheeks
         one reaches for lip balm

songs from the heart
bright smiles

         the fire crackles
         cozy toes
         a night full of faith

Jan Runion & Julie Edmonson


©2004 Randy Brooks, Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois || all rights reserved for original authors