Haiku Kukai 5- Spring Break Favorites

Global Haiku • Millikin University • Spring 2014

warm spring evening
corn field covered by snow

Dillon Damarian (2)

the ides of march—
I begin the journey
into my final teenage year

Jackie Dumitrescu (2)

sun rise on the beach
a boy drags his towel
behind Mom

Randy Brooks (6)

After seeing an experience similar to this while in Rio de Janiero this summer, it was a particularly easy image for me to picture. Deciding that we wanted to experience a true Brazilian sunset, my friend Tori and I set our alarms to 5 a.m. to greet the day. With the help of lots of coffee and a strong desire to walk along the beach at dawn, we made our way the half-block to the shores of Copacabana, armed with our photography tools and cell phones. It was such a peaceful and serene feeling, and although we were one of the few on the beach, I was surprised to find a mother and father watching their child play on the sandy playground. I could not help but wonder if they had just woken or if they were still up from the night before—one can never be sure when it comes to the party-loving Brazilian culture. Lexi

sitting on the rooftop
best friends
and beer cans

Austin Evans (8)

I think this is one of my favorite poems that we had in the kukai. I have always wanted a house that you can go out on through a window where you can just sit and hang out. That's a hangout spot that I have always wanted. The picture of hanging out with your friend and drinking some beers is just so relaxing. Its a place that I want to be RIGHT NOW. it kind of gives me a warm feeling thinking about this picture. In my head there is no doubt that it is summer, and that we are layin in the evening sun enjoying the fact that we have nothing to do. There is nothing better in my opinion! TJ

Spring Break . . .
     I was hoping for
          sun and bikinis

Adam Falasz (3)

spring break
only 2 days down
missing her already

the hot tub’s bubbles stop
my sister cringes
as I make my own

Dillon Damarian (7)

This haiku is comedy gold. The breaks are well timed and make the reading flow really smoothly. I can't help but chuckle with every reread. Jeremy

long drive
at least I’m not alone . . .
talking with my brother

up in the loft room
we huddle together
fan girl-ing

Jackie Dumitrescu (2)

gently gently
suntan lotion over
her red hot sun burn

lunch with mom
we catch up
on the past week

Heather Nigh

This one was true, I'm sure, for most of us. The first thing I did when I got home was catch up with my parents. I told them stories that had happened since the last time I had talked to them. I also filled them in on my grade situation. They also offered encouragement and advice that always seems to help me. Kort

on the line
capping oil applicators . . .
spring break

Professor Quirrel
Father of Luke Skywalker
You just wouldn't understand

Aaron Fleming (4)

          shock and awe
        just standing near
Mustang GT500 Super Snake

Adam Falasz (3)

video games are fun
until you remember
who you miss

long distance
the sound of a familiar voice
Skype date

Debbie Vogel

I enjoyed this haiku from the Spring Break Kukai because it was really relatable. My boyfriend and I did live apart for weeks at a time so we had to use Skype in order to see each other. Now when we go on breaks, like over Spring Break, we live apart and can only talk over the phone. It also reminds me of my niece because I Facetime with her while I'm at school. She is only 11 months old, but when my mom shows her the phone she knows it's me and smiles. I am a familiar face to her. Heather

surrounded by
more cacti

Blaine Buente

I liked this haiku because for some reason it reminded me of central Illinois which is my home. Everyone who leaves this place (many leave and return) complains about it being nothing but corn fields. So I see the haiku:

corn fields
surrounded by
corn fields

As the song goes, “this is where I was born, and this is where I’ll die.” So I could not help but chuckle a little after reading this haiku when I remember all of the people in my school say, “Why would you want to stay here?”


4 am
the empty whiskey bottle

7 episodes behind
on demand
0 episodes behind

Debbie Vogel

I liked this haiku especially because I can relate to it. It also gets its point across without actually saying what it is talking about. I know over break I watched quite a bit of youtube videos and netflix. It so cleverly portraits what it is talking about without actually spelling it out. Alex

the cool air
blows through the pavilion
strumming my guitar

Austin Evans (6)

St. Patty’s Day
in the Windy City
flowing green river

Adam Falasz (3)

time spent
playing video games

homeless man
on the city bus

Adam Falasz (6)

This haiku painted a really good picture. Rather than feeling sorry for the homeless man, the way he is portrayed in this piece makes me feel as though he is very relaxed. It’s almost a stark contrast against the “hustle and bustle” of the whole transit system. The bus that everyone rides in a hurry to get to work is where this man is in no hurry. In a way, life is just very simple and peaceful for this homeless man. Austin

the river dyed all green
in honor of the Saint—
my lucky birthday color

i will never miss cleaning the house

Alex Brase (3)

months of waiting
finally seeing the movie
what a let-down

not the same
as face to face

Alex Brase (4)

back at home
my best friend . . .
the high school principal

pink hair
music blaring
at a rock concert

morning overcast
beneath the dam
I overcast

I liked this haiku because it reminds me of all of the times I have gone fishing. I pictured a person standing alone, under a very cloudy sky, but not raining, just casting into the water. This is how I enjoy fishing. I like to go alone, and I usually like to go very early in the mornings on cloudy days. It's usually nice and cool, and calm. Days like these have been my favorite fishing trips. This haiku brought me back to many of these times, and gave me something to look forward to this summer. Aaron

This haiku reminds me of fishing on Carlyle Lake (near my house). I fish there every summer with my dad. We usually fish everywhere, but occasionally, we fish on the dam. I imagine a cool, calm, and early morning with the clouds barely letting the rising sun shine on the lake. Unfortunately, I am not the best fisherman yet, so I will periodically cast under the dam and get caught on the rocks (overcast). Blaine

morning walk
someone’s panties caught
in the sea oats

raised tee box
the Scottsdale valley

beautiful spring day
to spend running
a windowless factory

Dillon Damarian (7)

my last day of break
with my brothers

Austin Evans

not wanting to leave
but wanting to be

Blaine Buente (5)

This was my favorite haiku mainly because of how it can have a double meaning. This could apply to both the beginning and the end of a break. Right before break starts, students don't really want to leave school and not have their freedom, but at the same time they want to go home. Then, this could also apply to the end of break right before it's time to start classes again; students may not want to leave the comfort of being in their house, but they want to return to school, which is home. It is interesting to see this, and myself connecting to this as well, how we have a home where we grew up, but over time school becomes our home too. It is like we are stuck in between two places, like stuck between childhood and adulthood. This is almost like saying we are not quite ready on being completely alone yet, but at the same time, we are too old to be with our parents. I really liked this haiku because I can relate to this, in that I love living on my own here at school, so much it has become like another home. But, then there are times that I do want to go home to my parents. So, it is very fitting. Jenna

walk into church
thousands of hellos
“how’s school?!"

Debbie Vogel (7)

fog horn bellows
across the icy rink
hot dog time

Kort Branscome (7)

my reflection stares back
just like the fish
behind the glass

Adam Falasz (6)

fresh paint
offending my senses
as I walk in

golf course
hidden in the mountains
hidden gem

lesson plans
chatty children
Sunday School

she catches him
admiring another girl’s
yoga pants

Adam Falasz (6)

This is obviously a comedic haiku, and it makes me laugh every time I read it. It's kind of the classic downfall for guys, being caught by their girlfriends looking at the wrong thing, and this has been a focal point of comedy for years because of it. There is honestly nothing more awkward. Not that I have ever had the experience myself. However, I still like the picture that I can see in my head of the whole scene. The indignant look on the girl's face, coupled with the look of shame on the guy's, and the back of the yoga-pants-clad girl in the background, walking away. It just makes me smile. TJ

furniture askew
little bunnies hop together
spring cleaning

complete darkness
on top of the mountain

Jeremy Maxwell

The sounds of crickets and cicadas surround me as I try to fall asleep in the giant camping tent. After a long day of hiking, fishing and swimming, my body is ready for rest but my eyes and my mind just won't give in yet. Finally, I get up as quietly as I can, step over my brother's sleeping body on my way to the tent door, and slowly open the zipper. A fresh breeze of air passes by as I step out into the moonlight. Here, near the top of the mountain, you can look down upon the surrounding towns in the valley, admire the lights, and gaze at the stars with the noise, the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Jackie

the squeak
of sneakers
tournament weekend

Kort Branscome (2)

grinding and popping
wrinkled yet soft
arthritic knee

leaping shot
sent back
with one arm outreached

Jeremy Maxwell

A lot of my spring break was spent watching basketball with my dad and brother. This reminds me exactly of that. A block like the one described in this haiku would be exactly the type of play that would make us cheer and discuss it. I love sports moments like that. Kort

muddy bottoms
trekking through the swamp
antler shed

she skips to the dumpster
to toss away her heels

Lexi DeSollar (4)

school can wait
this week
is all mine

T.J. Holmes (6)

helping dad—
I draw a heart
in the sawdust

Lexi DeSollar (4)

exploring tourists
find a home

late night with Jimmy Fallon
droopy eyes
Where is the remote?

Kort Branscome (2)

pull of the handle
spits from the nozzle;

scratchy and disturbing
keeping me awake
beach sand in my bed

sun rise
sun set
wherever you are

looking up from Netflix
I wonder when
the sun went down

Lexi DeSollar(7)

sand between my toes
I watch the pelican
miss his prey again

T.J. Holmes (3)

the clerk rings up
my shorts and sunglasses
          wishful thinking

spring break
where everyone has their partner
. . . and I’m with my parents . . .

I watched her burn
won’t ignite

Austin Evans (5)

video chat:
talking about God
we drift into dreams

Lexi DeSollar

I enjoyed this haiku because I could relate to it. Though my conversations about God did not transpire over video chat, I did text a friend about the sermon I listened to at church. We ended up discussing the different implications of what was said and how that might have related back to the prophecies and God's ultimate plan. Even though we were hours apart, I felt blessed to be able to have such a meaningful conversation with my friend. When the conversation was over we bid each other good night. Before I fell asleep, I thanked God once again for such a wonderful friend. Debbie

Corona on the beach
the sunset begins.
   . . . maybe one more drink

T.J. Holmes (6)

so many freckles
her polka dot bikini
hides a few

Randy Brooks (7)

I greatly enjoy haiku that could be interpreted in different ways. After reading this haiku, I was puzzled because I didn’t know how the author meant it to be interpreted. The first time I looked at the poem, I saw a pretty redhead with lots of freckles in a nice bathing suit simply sitting on the beach enjoying life. However, when I read it the second time, I noted that there could be an underlying tone of disapproval in the voice. It could possibly mean that the young redhead has lots of freckles to cover up, but she was being immodest in only covering a few with her bikini. Both are a fun way to read the haiku and both bring a smile to my face and very strong imagery to my mind. Finally, I would like to point out that by changing the word “bikini” to “swimsuit” the entire haiku is changed, the vision in my head is altered, and the poem is no longer effective. Adam


his face smiles at me
as I fall asleep—
poster board boyfriend

© 2014, Randy Brooks • Millikin University
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