PACE Global Haiku • PACE September 2009
Dr. Randy Brooks

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Zac Young

When I first decided to start working with haiku, it was simply for a grade. I did not have a clue what a haiku really is. In fact, I had only heard the term a few times in my life. After a very short while of learning, I realized that a haiku was much more than it first appeared to be. With my first look at haiku, I thought to myself “wow, this should be easy”. Then, I realized that there was much more to these little poems.

I learned that a haiku should tell a story. The story is not directly told by the words themselves, but they give the reader an image for their own story. A group of people may read the same poem and come up with many variations of what they believe the author was trying to say. Also, haiku gives us a sense of feeling. In many of the good haiku, the readers can put themselves into the story. They can envision the surroundings, smell the smells, or even hear certain sounds. That is why in many of my poems I try to make the setting pop out early. Then, after the reader puts themselves in that setting, I like to throw in a twist.

In this collection are my first attempts at writing haiku. I have written about things that are familiar to me, or things that I can relate to. Hopefully, they are things that the readers of my book can relate to also. I never thought that when I started writing these haiku, that it would be fun for me. I was just hoping to do well enough to get a good grade. Now with my understanding of what haiku is, and the tradition behind it, I plan to work with haiku even more when my studies are over.

early morning
why her
silence . . .

up late
without a care
who cares

by the fireplace
for myself


a shivering hand
an empty can

their first kiss
a lesson . . .
in French!


burnt to a crisp
our dinner

the sun setting
friends fade away


forgetting what happened
a night
to remember

a faded jersey
the athlete
who made my day


an old dirty mitt
in my trophy case
hangs alone

© 2009, Randy Brooks • Millikin University
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