Global Haiku • Spring 2013
Dr. Randy Brooks

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Kenneth Albin

Cows - a rengay

Dawn's First Light

Kenneth Albin

Haiku for me has been an interesting experience. I feel like I write my best haiku when I am not really trying. I feel like the best haiku come from our core. If we, deep inside, are funny and light hearted our haiku will be the same. The same goes for dark haiku. Best haiku comes from who we are. If we try to be somebody else and write another style the haiku will not be as alive. True, our temporary emotion can influence our haiku, but I feel like the very best come from our personalities. In a way haiku are extensions of us.

dawn’s first light
a shadow creeps
over the barn

dawn's first light
how small
am I


over empty pastures
a cloud
shaped like a cow

we line up
ready to race
the storm

the house
full of children
piñata on the tree

late night
I’ll do my homework . . .

the old dog house
the boy waits
for his puppy

the final stretch
I catch him
to lose by half a second


cows in the field
spring breeze

boys in the field
singing to the cool breeze

one boy
louder than the rest
dusk's light

silence in the field
under the fading sun
shadows push over the fulfilled cows

rolling clouds
come with thunder

after a hard day's work

regay by Kenneth Albin & Tyler Ross

© 2013, Randy Brooks • Millikin University
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