EN340 / IN350 Global Haiku Tradition
Dr. Randy Brooks
Spring 2004
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hand in hand
haiku by

Jenny McGeehon

To me, the most important thing in life is family and friends. I have learned so much about the history, art, and technique of writing haiku while participating in Dr. Brooks' Global Haiku Traditions course, but it there is one thing that has stuck out as an important element of haiku writing, it is the essence of capturing an image or emotion in a single moment. This is what I have aspired to do with my haiku. Because my family is a major part of memories and moments in my life, many of my haiku contain experiences, images and emotions from them. I have learned how to express myself on a new level through haiku writing, and I have truly enjoyed every moment of it! —Jenny

Jennifer McGeehon is a beginning haiku writer. This collection consists of her best work while taking Dr. Brooks Global Haiku course during the spring semester 2004.  Many of Jenny's haiku capture the essence of emotion in meaningful moments of her life.   Through Jenny's haiku, the reader can notice how important family is in her life. I truly enjoy reading her collections and experiencing the images she is trying to convey. —Tony Douglass

hand in hand
sand between our toes
summer love

pressing the pedal
I begin to sew
with my mother's guidance

first snowfall
we run outside
with Grandma and Grandpa

morning rain afternoon rain evening rain

blazing summer heat
he dives in
after her

a dozen red roses
outside my door
anonymous note

empty pew
waiting in silence
single flame flickers

soul mates lie
on fresh cut grass
          s i l e n c e

©2004 Randy Brooks, Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois || all rights reserved for original authors