EN340 / IN350 Global Haiku Tradition
Dr. Randy Brooks
Millikin University PACE November 2004
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Marie Radtke

I enjoy haiku because it's simple. No meter, no rhyme, no guessing what th poet was thinking when they wrote it. My haiku come spontaneously. I don't sit down, pen in hand, with the intent of writing haiku. Anything could provide inspiration at any time. And the simplicity of haiku really lends itself to that.


his shoulder
against my thigh
sun pooling on the horizon

I know her pain
that which is loved
kept from grasp

pink hat
not yet old enough
to wear the red one



in the morning mist
    a kayak
        slips past the reeds

brown pebbles
     brightly colored butterfly
a child's lost eraser




whistling of the pines
the loon' s red eye
glistens in the sunlight         MR

as the trail winds
the dew glistens in the morning    KN/BN

his line cast
the fisherman waits         MR
geese overhead

the hot sunshine
it's now lunchtime
the fisherman is still waiting         KN

the embers glow
dusk's chill is kept at bay         MR

the catch of the day
over the fire         BN

by Marie Radtke & her son
& daughter-in-law


blue heron
standing in the sun
a water lily bloom

current gently flowing
through walls of stone

bubbling downstream
rainbows appear
small fish nibble plants

the heavens awakened
with bursts of
color and light

converging as one
water meets sky

by Lisa Swick & Marie Radtke


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