EN340 / IN350 Global Haiku Tradition
Dr. Randy Brooks
Millikin University PACE Summer 2004
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Penny Harman

Essay on Joanne Morcom

Selected Haiku

Penny Harman

The haiku poems on these pages should be read slowly, savoring each syllable. Feel the words, enjoy the memories that fill your head. My haiku are written with you, the reader, in mind. I hope you feel and taste and see the images I have tried to create for you. Haiku is a way that I have found to express my relationship with Mother Nature and, sometimes, with human nature. Please enjoy reading them as much as I have enjoyed creating them!

mother's lips
old rugged cross

leaves grasping the sun
     the grass is content
          to be my bed

a darting hummingbird
wings disappear
in the sunlight



black rolling clouds
leaves cupped for rain
first the smell

two lips
love in the afternoon



warm bubblebath surrounding
four legs and long blonde hair
the collie shakes

sitting around the worn table
     laughter and smiles
     turkey in the oven



vodka silences the voices
numbing the pain I caused
Oprah starts her show

Fire Water

cool morning stillness
a fire to keep warm
birds conversing

still glowing embers
I see another rising

hot cup warming fingers
cold words in the air
a woodpecker knocks

slowly creeping sun
the shadows move

the winding path
branches swaying
earth crunching under foot

walking alone
a deer runs past

warmth begins to grow
a beginning brightness
my breath is in front of me

frogs jumping
dragonflies dancing

morning stillness
the cool lake water
smooth like glass

tiny circles extend
still silence

the jumping fish
smooth lake disturbed
I hear flies awaken

bees drinking nectar
wings beat faster

Vicki Eldridge & Penny Harman
June 21, 2004


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