PACE Global Haiku • PACE September 2009
Dr. Randy Brooks

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LeAnn Dossett

Kids Giggling

LeAnn Dossett

kids giggling
hard at play

Dedication: To everyone that has made it possible so I could go back to school and finish my education. You have been a wonderful help and without you I never could have made it. I Love You.


When I signed up for this class I had no idea what haiku even meant. I all knew was I needed a literature class and my advisor said that a lot of other students really enjoyed the class. So I thought . . . sure why not? I started asking some of my friends if they knew what haiku was and some did not have a clue. While others said it was the 5-7-5 sequence. That helped out a little, so I wasn’t completely clueless on the first night of class. When I got the syllabus and read how many books we needed I was starting to re-think this class. Then I thought I can do this.

After the first night of class, I had more of an understanding on what haiku was and enjoyed it. Writing haiku on the other hand was sort of hard, but once I got the hang of it, it was fun. When I write haiku, I try to keep it simple. I want my readers to be able to understand the haiku. I don’t want a reader to read my haiku and say, “I don’t have any idea what that means.” I think about the things I love and enjoy the most, my son, friends, the different seasons and childhood memories. It usually takes me a few times to write a haiku that I like and satisfied with. So here I am five weeks later and finishing up my final haiku collection.

I have learned from haiku class that there are a lot of different ways to read and understand haiku. We have read from different authors and none of them are the same. It is interesting to see how they write haiku and what the authors love to write about. Now having gone through this class and have learned haiku is a way of expressing yourself. In my collection, I have picked out some of my favorite Haiku that I have written. Enjoy!

Reader's Preface:

When LeAnn asked me what haiku was I thought it was the 5-7-5 sequence. When she told me that it wasn’t always the 5-7-5 sequence I was even more lost. She explained to me what haiku was and showed me some examples, and then I was starting to understand it more. LeAnn’s haiku are about her and her life. The things she loves the most. She is a simple person and does not like to complicate things. To me, her haiku are easy to understand and explains the things she loves most in life.


crisp cold air
powdery white snow
twinkles from the moon

old friends gather
beer mug toast
it’s been too long

cool autumn air
a little boy smiles
at the pile of leaves


next to the plate of cookies
and cup of milk
a Thank you letter

presents all around
the glowing Christmas tree
kids dive in


in a warm sleeping bag
we stare up
at the star filled sky

old Chevy truck
side all a dent
plows through snow drifts


© 2009, Randy Brooks • Millikin University
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