Tan-renga Attempts 1

Global Haiku • Millikin University • Spring 2012

in heels too big
and gloves too long
tripping over the dress
she smiles
in the mirror




three sisters
sheets hang down
our bunk bed castle
not as big
as we remembered it

I stomp my feet
chomp my teeth
pretending to be a dinosaur--
the teacher thinks
something's wrong with me

a bowl of ice cream
two spoons
one memory
forever shared
between you and I



two left feet
first dance
slowly gaining

1 - 2 - 3
counting my steps
in a waltz
she flinches
as he steps on her toes

two snow angels
in the backyard
slowly melt
until next year



summer afternoon
pick up truck
makes me feel at home
and relaxed
as I ride

the lights come on
waxed gym floor
coated in glitter
this will be
the best night of my life

dress after dress after dress
she's late
she's stunning
she's lost
she's running



scoping the crowd
he tries to muster
his courage
to say

misty morning
sipping from my warm mug
black coffee
trying to hide
dark circles

here I am
young and careless
I live my song
let me sing forever
to let it all go



closed blinds
enclose the house
an empty chair sways
yet outside
the children play

in mother's arm
as it finally
falls asleep

looking back
at the girl I used to be
only on
the outside



volume on high
my voice breaks
on the wrong word
and I remember . . .
I'm wearing headphones

yesterday in boots
today I slide on
my sandals--
getting ready for the
first sunny spring day

© 2012, Randy Brooks • Millikin University
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