PACE Global Haiku • PACE February 2010
Dr. Randy Brooks

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Bridget Beals

Selected Haiku

Bridget Beals

I've always thought of my self as a well-rounded individual, until I attended Global Haiku Traditions. I didn't grasp what haiku is or how to do it. I kept asking my friends and family, "Do you know what haiku is?" How can you make a haiku if you can't define it? Honestly, I still don't know, but that doesn't stop the words from pouring out of me. It's odd because I find myself writing things down all the time now, rearranging words, trying to make sense of the phrases I've put together. I look at what I've written, and I wonder, "Am I the only one who gets what I write?" It's a tad bit sarcastic, but all in all, I think it's funny. My friends who read my work are biased and no help because they know me. They also think it's funny because I haven't built up a wall surrounding thoughts only my friends and family are privvy to, but everyone can enjoy.

reaching home plate
with a broken lace
you're safe

the garden she adored
i spread her ashes

summer rain
watching the kids
wishing for their energy


greener than green
lighter than air

faint scent of leather
worn laces
i throw a perfect spiral


i walked a little faster
one dark night
forgetting the bronze man

© 2010, Randy Brooks • Millikin University
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