Global Haiku PACE • Mattoon, Fall 2005
Dr. Randy Brooks

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Maria Clark

Selected Haiku

Maria Guillermina Clark

Yesterday, I believed myself to be filled with enough artistic information to get me by. Today, however I've been introduced to the art of haiku and have found it to be exciting, enriching, and simple. I'm not sure what tomorrow will bring but for this brief moment in my present I've come to enjoy both reading and writing haiku.

Traditionally, haiku should contain nature and the author should be undetectable. A powerful haiku should also place you in a specific time, season, and place. It will leave you in awe and allow you to relate and embellish its meaning. However, not being a big nature fan these rules became difficult for me to embrace, but after reading works by authors such as Alexis Rotella and George Swede, I developed my own style of writing.

I've drawn from my experiences as a young Latin woman and mother. Some of my haiku do contain elements of nature but most contain elements of human nature. I hope that you enjoy reading these haiku and I pray they leave you feeling curious, entertained and above all wanting more.

summer love—
to forget she hangs
icicles from her ears

young lovers
the cornfield
swallows their car

a warm winter wedding
the gentle rain
brings good luck


honeymoon in Mexico
stepping of the plane
a dove takes flight

little golden arms
around my neck
good morning my angels


Family portrait:
half my face

Mom & Dad dance the cumbia
our family’s breakfast
on the table


kissing his bald spot
for luck

Thanksgiving dinner
the children already
humming Christmas songs


all my favorite foods
waiting for a burp
to make more room

winter morning
coffee and sugar
coated trees


Happily Ever After

Patiently listening
to his explanation

Eyes wide Open
another sleepless night

I tell him
everything is okay

a dozen red roses
each sharp thorn
dignity lost

an uncomfortable SILENCE
a quick embrace

Patiently listening
to her crying

by Jorden and Maria Clark
Global Haiku Traditions, Winter 2005

© 2005, Randy Brooks • Millikin University
All rights returned to authors upon publication.