Global Haiku • Spring 2009
Dr. Randy Brooks

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Emily Weible

Grocery Store Humor

a collection of haiku by
Emily Weible

The title of this collection comes from my signature haiku. The inspiration behind my signature haiku came from the pharmacy technicians at K-Mart. They told me about how they would super glue a quarter to the floor in the middle aisle and watch to see how many people would try to pick it up. It has definitely made me think twice before trying to pick up loose change on the ground. The rest of the haiku that make up this collection are some of my favorites along with some favorites of friends and family. I hope you enjoy!

grocery store humor—
a super glued quarter
on the floor


Seattle rain—
the tired earthworm
comes out again

through the clouds
a needle pokes
. . . Seattle


turning around & around
our precious child
is no where in sight

Summer rain
puddle jumping
hand in hand


by crumbling walls—
a broken home

complex apartment—
the cockroach
makes itself at home


time spinning by
up and down—

Mardi Gras—
sparkling beads
of sweat


folded hands
at the dinner table . . .
fly on the wall

morning rosebuds
glisten with dew
breakfast in bed


Color Wheel Renga
by Jennifer Godwin & Emily Weible

weathered by the passage of time-
voices still resonate
through the old, red schoolhouse

bringing new life
cardinals build a nest

with knarled branches-
an ancient tree stands watch
over a tiny apple

rising in the night—
a harvest moon
overwhelms the sky

red-yellow sunrise
embellishes the landscape

deep in the grove…
the season’s first
tangerine bloom

nurtured by the sun-
dandelions blanket                                
the cemetery in yellow  

a canary’s song
wafts through the air

the aroma-
of lemon meringue pie
reminds me of home

freshly cut grass
stains our knees
--water balloon fight

lily pads float weightlessly
in the backyard pond

mint takes a bath
in the garden

radiant morning-
she picks a forget-me-not
for her hair

swirling clouds overhead
paint a picture in the sky

a blond boy
chases his blue cap
down the street

under stomping feet—
grapes transform
into wine

fingers swirl tracing
patterns on the purple tablecloth

table centerpiece—
the lilac bush
donates some flowers

Jennifer: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17
Emily: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18

© 2009, Randy Brooks • Millikin University
All rights returned to authors upon publication.