PACE Global Haiku • PACE November 2014
Dr. Randy Brooks

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Allusion to Illusion

Paul Mercer

My approach to haiku is very simple and direct. I generally will just sit and think on a subject. Sometimes the haiku almost write themselves. Other times much more thinking is involved. During these time I treat the haiku like a ball of clay. I usually have a general idea of what I want to say. I just have to spend a little time molding the words until they take the shape that I want. The most important thing I have learned is don't force the haiku. If it doesn't develop then it doesn't develop. I simply walk away from it for a while and come back to later with a fresh approach.

allusion to illusion
the magician promises
what isn't real


a card chosen
he knows it's
five of spades

October chill
the little clown
collects candy


the red winter guard
stands by a bucket of change
softly rings his bell

in the woods
found more ticks
than birds


bicycle lying in the yard
six of clubs
stuck in the spoke

bad magic act
the audience


the last railcar
in the crossing
the train stops

dad shines his boots
he'll be gone
for the weekend


moving day
stuck in the snow

reading haiku
not much
to say


the pantry is full
of nothing
to eat


© 2014, Randy Brooks • Millikin University
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