Global Haiku Tradition • Millikin University • Spring 2010 • Tan-Renga Capped


no boots
the feel of snow
through my soles

morning jog
he sees a body

no boots
the feel of snow
through my soles

homeless
at Christmas

     Becky Smith & ?

no boots
the feel of snow
through my soles

memories of her
warmth


old tire swing
red spot
on my cheek

yellowed news clippings
baby’s first locks

old tire swing
red spot
on my cheek

we were once
in love

     Kari Thornton & Nathan B.


over the fence
I hit
my first homerun

summertime breeze
the car alarm screams

over the fence
I hit
My first homerun

then sprinted away
from shattering windows

Over the fence
I hit
my first homerun

the sound of glass shattering
running home

     Olivia Birkey & Kari Thornton

over the fence
I hit
my first homerun

I wake up
with a smile


in his darkened bedroom
the girl lets loose
her ribbon

photos and love letters
the scissors smile

in his darkened bedroom
the girl lets loose
her ribbon

stripped of her pride
she pays off her debt

     Jade Anderson & ?

in his darkened bedroom
the girl lets loose
her ribbon

a night job
for college tuition

in his darkened bedroom
the girl lets loose
her ribbon

walking to the store
in her Sunday best


in his darkened bedroom
the girl lets loose
her ribbon

distant sound
of the train

in his darkened bedroom
the girl lets loose
her ribbon

yellow caution tape
across the windows

in his darkened bedroom
the girl lets loose
her ribbon

icy webs melt
on the windowpane


picnic lunch
on the quad
blowing dandelions

Easter sunday
mom fills my basket with bills

picnic lunch
on the quad
blowing dandelions

into the face of my
boyfriend

picnic lunch
on the quad
blowing dandelions

sun sprinkling
ecstasy

picnic lunch
on the quad
blowing dandelions

into her eyes
a wink?

     ? & Nathan Bettenhausen

picnic lunch
on the quad
blowing dandelions

frisbee players
long-jump our blanket



all the birds flew west,
and migrated right over
my car

on my way
to the car wash

all the birds flew west
and migrated right over
my car

your message
still on the voice mail

     Garrett Derman & Aubrie Cox


getting coffee
the man who taught me music
taps my shoulder

a single tear,
as his hands sign hello

getting coffee
the man who taught me music
taps my shoulder

gentle rain drips
from the awning

     Susie Wirthlin & Aubrie Cox


dancing together
I watch in tears
across the room

he wipes them away
with a kiss

dancing together
I watch in tears
across the room

heart cut deep
the green monster takes over

dancing together
I watch in tears
across the room

my little girl
growing up too fast

dancing together
I watch in tears
across the room

stray rice caught
in the bride's hair

Nathan Bettenhausen & Aubrie Cox

dancing together
I watch in tears
across the room

white christmas lights
climb the trellis


frozen stillness
snap shot of life
a foggy lens

yellow tape
surrounding the bullets

     Tyler Lamensky & ?

frozen stillness
snap shot of life
a foggy lens

one matted mitten
on the sidewalk

white lilies
she straightens
his collar

a shortcut
through the park

white lilies
she straightens
his collar

hair still wet
from the baptism

     Aubrie Cox & Randy Brooks

the golden field sways
whispering quietly
our untold secrets

heart shaped leaves
lay dead on the ground

the golden field sways
whispering quietly
our untold secrets

above us
two doves

the golden field sways
whispering quietly
our untold secrets

her slow sigh, follows
closed eyes


through the open door…
her smile doesn’t forgive
all my sins

Sunday Mass
I can’t receive Communion

through the open door . . .
her smile doesn't forgive
all my sins

crucifix hanging
on the kitchen wall

through the open door . . .
her smile doesn't forgive
all my sins

luggage
on the curb

Randy Brooks & Aubrie Cox

through the open door . . .
her smile doesn't forgive
all my sins

Easter lilies
peeking open


© 2010, Randy Brooks • Millikin University • All rights returned to authors upon publication.