Ekphrasitc Haiku 1 Kukai

Global Haiku • Millikin University • Spring 2015


Salvatore Dali's
"The Persistence of Memory"


deep in thought
my memory fades
but it still happened

Adam Peters (6)

on the horizon
I have nothing else
          To give

wasting time
in a dream
I see myself

Adam Peters (3)

dirty laundry
only mom knows
along with everyone

background beauty
next year
she will shine

Adam Peters (4)

always running out
melting down to nothing

melting into nothing
never enough

Kendall Kott

summer sun
time melting away
far too fast

wasting time
the clocks wear away
as I try to catch my breath

Katelyn Rumph

out of time
reaching for you

the desert sun
melts everything below
time is no exception

forgotten names
father's memory of 80 years

Nic Sanders

it melts away
and never comes back

society structured
by 24 hour days
in an infinite time zone

Dali’s Persistence of Memory

The way I understood this painting was that it's our version of time. We created this idea and we use certain things to measure it, but what does it really mean? We place such great emphasis on this notion of "being on time" and "be here at this time" that we've learned not to question it. It’s what we've grown up with and it's what we've accepted, but we don’t really know anything certain about it except it's what we've long ago agreed upon. At 8am a normal work day starts, and all of this other precedents of time, but if you truly think about it, who/what decided on the whole hour scheme, and when was the acceptable dinner time and so on.

sun dial
on the mountain top
our time

Francesca Rios

a circadian rhythm
or the moon's cycle—
nature's time


Colorful Street Painting


we take
the road less travelled
spring break

Eli Cook (5)

steer clear
of yellow snow
not lemonade

melting snow
broken sleds

Eli Cook (6)

shimmer of rain
        off the sidewalks
empty park

Austyn Krueger (3)

autumn trees
        consume my sight
breeze through my hair

Austyn Krueger (4)

helicopters fall
I squeeze my lover's hand
under the gold trees

Kendall Kott

kiss in the park
I say I do
beneath a rainbow sky

balloons in the sky
childhood imagination
takes over

springtime evening
illuminated by street lights
colors all around

walking down the road
with her
admiring the night

beautiful night
to go for a walk
with her

down the road
I see them

running on my favorite path
I look back
on my mistakes

Nicole Koch

balls of light
illuminate specks of color
a couple walks alone

Lexy Bieber (3)

we walk together
through the puddles
not asking what is next

Lexy Bieber (4)

trees above
trees below
I will always love you

Lexy Bieber

balloons in the sky
someone wishes me
Happy Birthday

rainbow in the sky
a walk in the park
turns into my inspiration

Katelyn Rumph


© 2015, Randy Brooks • Millikin University
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