PACE Global Haiku • January 2008
Dr. Randy Brooks

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Mary Smith

May Day Baskets

selected haiku by
Mary Smith

Haiku is the expression of emotion in the most descriptive, simplest terms. It is a challenge to the reader to engage all senses in imagery created by the haiku. This form of writing is individualized and belongs to the writer, but is shared by the reader with his or her own interpretation and memories that the haiku brings forth. Its spontaneity can capture a time, place, scents, tastes, and a full range of emotions. The simplistic style of haiku is the purest form of poetry.

the hilltop pavilion
is in the envelope

too small to see the fire
the smell of coffee
warms the kitchen

prayer cards from heaven
missed the door
by six feet


the chain hits the pole
I hit the ball to myself

lilac-drenched breeze
pushes her dress
on the downswing


dancing footprints
adorn the rooftop snow
squirrels all a-flirt


© 2008, Randy Brooks • Millikin University
All rights returned to authors upon publication.