Kukai 5 - spring break favorites

Global Haiku • Millikin University • Spring 2013

spring break
alone in bed
I replay his voicemail

Therese O'Shaughnessy (4)

creaky door
he sneaks back
from her room to his

Emily D'Ambrose (9)

cooking together
as the oven warms
so does my heart

evening heart-to-heart
lit by
a candle

Sarah E. Kisly (4)

singing in the car
more sappy love songs
winter wind

3 am
you drive me home
stinted conversation

she steps off the plane
into the cold wind

Emily D'Ambrose (2)

sitting at the tiki bar
for the very first time
I finish a fish bowl

the familiar sensation
of a sunburned shoulder
first day of vacation

we crack the shells
and talk all night

Emily D'Ambrose (5)

over stale bread
old friend

Randi Mehrmann (4)

she takes off her shoes
and her belt . . .
airport security

Emily D'Ambrose (7)

I absolutely love this haiku based on the sudden change of tone from the first two lines to the last line. A great example of comic relief in haiku, this poem creates a mysteriously sexual mood only to slap the reader into a new world of airport security. For reading purposes the ellipsis used is also a great choice, as the pause between the second and third line allows the imagination to explore what might happen next before the “punch line”. Therese

new car smell
new car feel
new car stress

Randi Mehrmann (12)

dinner with my grandparents
we discuss the new plots
at the cemetery

Emily Crutchfield (8)

tea and scones
Bible study ladies
join hands in prayer

Sarah E. Kisly (5)

cable car
a steep incline
pushes me toward you

Emily D'Ambrose (7)

first vacation with his family
his dad sees
when I take my pill

Emily Crutchfield (8)

you look so old!
they exclaim.
. . . it's been a month

Molly McCullough (4)

home alone
a branch breaks—
obviously a serial killer.

Molly McCullough (11)

I love this haiku because this happens to me all the time. Every time I am home alone and I hear the slightest bit of noise, I think someone is in my house. Every little noise freaks me out. I saw the movie “The Call” over spring break. It was a very scary movie about kidnapping. That night when I went home I was so scared. I was so paranoid that someone was following me because of that movie. I even made my brother sleep in my room that night because I was so scared. I can get scared pretty easily, so I love that this haiku shows me that I am not the only one. I also love how this haiku is set up. I love how the dash is placed after “branch breaks.” It provides suspense; we don’t know yet what happens after the branch breaks. I love how the author used the word “obviously.” That word provides humor in the third line when the reader realizes that this person is just overthinking the noise they heard. Amanda

all I want
is sleep

Randi Mehrmann

I really enjoyed this haiku, because I always have this mind set no matter if it is a normal week or spring break. The main reason I think I always have this mind set is because I never actually do sleep when it is appropriate to. Spring Break is a time when you would assume that you can catch up on some sleep at least, however I can tell you from experience that I sleep less during break. Jon

a walk to clear the mind
she ends up
collecting trash

Sarah E. Kisly (15)

This haiku really killed me because of how relatable and vast it is. Most people would connect with the idea of taking a walk to try to mull things over. However, when one tries to think about something that he or she doesn’t want to think about, they often end up distracting themselves without noticing it. This is the first idea that comes to mind when reading this haiku. Upon further reflection, I had a different view: perhaps while trying to sort out some thoughts the subject ends up piling on even more stressful thoughts. The use of the word “collecting” really triggered this. Collecting trash is a common phrase, but one doesn’t really “collect” trash. Pick up or clean, but not really collect. However, it’s fairly easy to collect unpleasant thoughts or memories without meaning to. Charlie

I enjoy this haiku, as discussed in class, because of the metaphor for the trash being mental baggage. Even though Sarah specified that the haiku was inspired from the literal act of picking up trash while on a walk, the experience of picking up trash while on a walk could relate to something going on in someone’s life at the current time, and act as a reminder, or bring out emotions from the past. I was pondering this earlier, but the simplest event or interaction can cause such a strong emotional reaction, both positive and negative. Matt

Sunday night
one hour . . .

Alex Buchko (7)

she begins to relish
each chance to pamper her son

Darien M. Sloat

I really like the use of the word pamper in this haiku. When you think of something being pampered you think of a princess, or in this case, a little prince. It also makes me think of the brand of diapers Pampers, and that goes along perfectly with a bother trying to baby or take care of her son for one last time before he moves away. It also reminds me of my family and how they did that for me and how they are now doing it for my seventeen year old cousin. Emily C

old friends
catch up
coffee grows cold

Heidi A. Zapp (6)

pitter patter on the roof
we play Scrabble
in our princess gowns

Therese O'Shaughnessy (9)

This haiku was definitely my favorite out of all of the options. To begin with, I really enjoyed the imagery that was presented by the poem. I could easily see the girls in their princess gowns. A little too old to be playing dress up, but still excited to wear the dresses and act younger than they are. The scrabble makes it clear that they are old enough to understand what they are doing, and therefore the whimsicality of the princess dresses in relation to the seriousness of the scrabble is very interesting to me. I also really enjoyed the word choice in the first line. The use of “pitter patter” really helped to give me a feeling and sense of the space that this haiku is in. I can hear the rain on the rooftop and I feel as if I am with these people. Overall, this haiku really helped me to put myself in the position of the writer. Molly

passing the orange grove
I crack the window
to say goodbye

Therese O'Shaughnessy

I especially like this haiku due to the mention of the orange grove. Additionally, the speaker engages in personification, acting as if the grove has feelings of its own. From this haiku I picture a teenage girl leaving a warm, sunny paradise—perhaps somewhere in California—in which she was fortunate enough to spend her summer vacation. Her time there was an adventure, and she had more fun than she had ever expected. She had seen new sights and had many new experiences, simply because she was in a part of the country unfamiliar to her. She remembers driving past the orange grove upon arriving for the first time, and taking walks there in the evenings. The grove holds a special place in her heart, because it stood sentry both at the start and close of her journey. Now, a car bears her back home and away from summer, and as she passes the grove, she cannot help but roll down the window and breathe in the fresh, slightly citrus scent of the air. She whispers goodbye and snaps a mental picture of the fruit-laden trees, thinking the oranges will be harvested soon. It is morning, and mist still covers the land, as the sun has not yet risen completely. The cool tones of the mist and earth mingle delicately with the pale orange of the fruit and the glint of sunlight coming over distant hills. Sarah

10 minutes in the mirror
should I buy
these pants

Amanda Lee (8)

family road trip:
a chance to play pokemon
without ridicule

Darien M. Sloat (10)

time is money
only true
if I had a job

needs love
just like you

Courtney Burress (5)

break never lasts
long enough
the long ride back

Kenneth Albin (4)

he lassos one more
make it a double,
no onions

Chinese take-out
we discuss
the meaning of life

Sarah E. Kisly (10)

a spring break
four seasons long . . .
my favorite tv show.

Courtney Burress (7)

afternoon sunlight
seems possible

Sarah E. Kisly (5)

whisper the words
just right . . .
“just right.”

Courtney Burress (2)

Mom's car
disappearing over the hill—
not any easier

Alex Buchko (7)

I like this haiku, because although my mother isn’t the one who drives me to and from school, she’s always the hardest goodbye. Throughout my whole life my mom has been my best friend. It’s been so weird not having her here. I mean I love college and the freedom of not having parents around, but I miss my mom a lot. Kelsey

night sky
scattered with diamonds
how could I forget . . .

strip to my swimsuit
on the beach . . . wait
why is it cold

second day of break
second day of

two fish
to infinity . . . and

Amanda Lee (10)

I like this haiku because it sounds cute. It makes me think of the saying, “plenty of fish in the sea,” that you tell someone after they have had a rough time in the dating field. This sounds like these two ‘fish’ have found each other and know that they will be together forever. Randi

groom in a vintage suit
his long locks
rival her gown

Therese O'Shaughnessy (5)

reaching for hair
only to remember
it's gone

Jordan Caulk (4)

maybe the city will name
the skate park after him
. . . but probably not

one more episode?
my heart says no
Netflix says go

Heidi A. Zapp (8)

back from break
laundry in baskets
I'll fold it later

whoosh of cars
whizzing by
I glimpse into each world

Darien M. Sloat (8)

home again, home again
jiggity jig
bed's too small

Charlie Decker (7)

living vicariously
through friends' updates
cold grey Midwest

Heidi A. Zapp (6)

I liked this haiku because at least for me, it applies not only to spring break but to normal school days as well. I have friends going to school all across the country, and no matter what exciting things are happening here, it always seems like they’re having a better time than me or are doing things more exciting than what I’m doing. I also like the thought/tonal shift in this haiku from reading friends’ statuses, tweets, or blog posts on technology and then the speaker having a change of heart about his or her own reality. I think we all do this rather often. Alex

a phoenix risen
from the white-blue glow
of the tanning bed

Jordan Caulk (7)

metal prodding
in my mouth—
stop asking me questions

Courtney Burress (9)

I enjoy this haiku’s precise wording and its relatable nature. The first line, “metal prodding,” is difficult to say, due to its high constant to vowel ratio, specifically the “l” directly before a “p.” The difficulty and resistance there appears to be when saying that first line is a nice auditory connection to the discomfort and painstaking time one spends in a dentist’s office. I enjoy the last line’s bluntness, it says precisely what everyone thinks when they go to the dentist, “is this really a good time for conversation: while your hands are in my mouth?” Darien

dust covers the prom dresses in the closet

Heidi A. Zapp (6)


driving back
we forget the words
at the same time


sand and sunshine
want to leave

side by side
separated by a fence
the low moan

the pier at night
we watch
as the Bay Bridge lights up

my week complete
by seeing you
blue sky

Kenneth Albin (8)

exploring the neighborhood
with the dog

Sarah E. Kisly

I like this poem because it reminds me of my dog. I can explore the neighborhood with him, but I can play with him. I usually take a squeaky ball and just run with it, then throw it when my dog catches me. My dog has a kind of skip, bunny hop run he does, so the skipping reminded me of his run. I have tried to run with him on a leash before so we could go into the neighborhood, but he trips me, so I left him at home. Kenneth

back from Spring Break
sitting my suit case
outside my locked door

windows down
music blasting
. . . 9 more hours


Courtney Burress (7)


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