Shadow of My Youth
Childhood memories, family, love—these are the things in life that matter most to me. They encourage, inspire me, and give life to my haiku. I relate so much emotion with the memories of my past as well as with the daily occurrences of love I experience now. I use this wealth of emotion when I write my haiku by simply allowing it to flow onto the paper. Only a short time ago, I might have assumed that haiku should be written about nature alone in a specific format with a 5-7-5 pattern of syllables. Today, however, I have learned that haiku is a true art form that allows for freedom in both subject matter and format. With that knowledge, I found, as any artist should, my inspiration. The following collection is an example of what I feel are my best haiku, written freely, and based on the days of my childhood, my beautiful family, and the love I feel every day.
I am an Honors student at Millikin University studying Management in the school of business. My goal is to continue on to the MBA program at Millikin, and then to begin looking for a career in the health administration field. Ideally, in the long run, I will work as CEO of a hospital. I was always a very business minded person, so Global Haiku gave me the opportunity to develop my more creative side. I have enjoyed the experience and the chance it gave me to become more well-rounded, artistic, and open-minded.