IN203 Honors Seminar: Global Haiku Tradition
Dr. Randy Brooks • Spring 2006

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Elizabeth Braden

From Bud to Bloom

Elizabeth Braden
on Elizabeth Searle Lamb

Heart to Soul
A collection of Haiku

Elizabeth Braden

"Heart to Soul" was my first attempt at creating poetry, specifically haiku, beyond scribbles for an English class in high school that I turned in just to get a grade. I decided on the name "Heart and Soul" because all my haiku came directly from within—from within both my heart and soul. I was inspired by my family and my friends, and I thank them for giving me events that have happened in our lives from which some of my best haiku came. This collection is what I consider my favorite haiku—the most meaningful to myself.

I never enjoyed the poetry units in my English classes throughout grade school and high school, but have come to appreciate haiku because of its simplistic nature. So much can be said with so few words, and that is what made Global Haiku Traditions a fun class for me.

My haiku are written in the moment, for the reader to be able to live the moments right alongside me, while also leaving a lot up to the reader to decide for themselves. I consider my collection of haiku to contain a lot of simple moments in life, and although they are very personal to me, I hope they have the ability to become very personal to the reader as well.

Take a look around and enjoy what you see!

Elizabeth Braden is a sophomore Accounting and Finance major. She lives in Neoga, IL, about 60 miles ease and a little south of Decatur.

Reader's Intro

Whether it be broken hearts, childhood memories, or crazy nights with friends, Elizabeth Braden could write a quality haiku about it. A broad range of topics for her haiku make her work some of my favorite to read. She makes it easy to relate to her haiku through her choice of words and sensory details. The collection she has created is reflective of her skills in writing as well as who she is as a person, inside and out.

lying in bed
eyes clenched shut

This haiku caught my eye because of the vividness of the feeling it gives me. So many nights I have gotten into bed, and unable to sleep, squeeze my eyes shut in an attempt to forget I'm still awake. I love allthe directions this haiku can go. They could be in this position because of a tragic event that they just can't stop thinking about. Maybe they have a huge final exam tomorrow, and they are too excited to sleep. It's possible that the roommate or something outside is being too loud and keeping them from sleeping. I took it in a negative connotation. I picture a girl lying in bed with too much on her mind. She has a million tangled thoughts occurring at the same time, and all she can do is clench her eyes and try to forget until the morning.

Liz Ciaccio

lying in bed
eyes clenched shut

swimming pool
they take the plunge

surrounded by family
yet he reaches
for my hand

late evening sun
covering the swimming pool
a good book

a young girl
the trumpets blare
in the autumn breeze

old car
chugs in the winter chill
its destination unknown

the crack
of the bat—
a splitting headache

bedroom floor
covered with mom’s
threatening words

hands cover her eyes
guess who?
only a memory

best friends
one sentence
changes everything


tiny pink bloomers–
up to elbows
in daisies

little boy
streaks past the carousel

laughter rings
hiccups soon follow

scuffling through the dinner party
in only mommy’s heels

chasing the cat
under the dinner table
where’d Bobby go?

Elizabeth Braden & Liz Ciaccio


© 2006 Randy Brooks, Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois
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