PACE Global Haiku • PACE November 2012
Dr. Randy Brooks

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Shelly Puckett


Shelly Puckett


I didn’t know what to expect when I decided to study Global Haiku. I didn’t know what it was or anything about it. All that I did know was it was poetry and I was not excited about it because I don’t really care for poetry. Then I had my first class on Global Haiku and I was hooked. It was fun and easier than I thought it would be. It has opened a new world and understanding of Haiku for me. I love that haiku are not born until someone has an emotion, thought, or experience from your haiku. It is also great to see the many different ways other see what your haiku means to them. Sometimes it is the same as your and many other times it is so different from yours. It takes you on a journey from your experiences to someone else’s or it brings happy, sad, or unexpected emotions from you and your readers that you many never have expected. Some are pleasant and happy and some are dark and confusing but most of all it is the experience you get from them that is the best part.

Shelly Puckett

Summer nights
     with you at the lake
           and some ice cold beer


hot summer night on front porch step
cool ripe tomatoes
salt shaker in hand

sitting around the fire
   staring at the harvest moon
      your hand touches mine


peddle to the metal
loose gravel

old cedar chest
holds a life of memories
let's take a journey inside


Man on a cross
     blood of my sins
          his heart still forgives


© 2012, Randy Brooks • Millikin University
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