Heart to Soul
A collection of Haiku
"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.