Global Haiku • Spring 2015
Dr. Randy Brooks

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Alex Cardascio

Alex Cardascio is a sophomore Biology Major with a Pre-Veterinary emphasis at Millikin University. He was born in Springfield, Illinois at St. Johns Hospital. He moved to Decatur, Illinois when he was two. He attended Mt. Zion public schools and is a graduate of the class of 2013. He lives in Mt. Zion with his family. His hope is to graduate in 2017 from Millikin with a Bachelors degree and get accepted into Veterinary School at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He wants to practice with small and large animals and own a practice someday. His favorite hobbies are sports, particularly basketball and football, and taking long naps.

Who I Am

Alex Cardascio

This haiku collection tries to express the feelings of who I am as a person and what has happened to me during my life. The following haiku that are presented in this book represent past memories that I have had as well as other memories people have told me along the way. I tried to recreate the thoughts and feelings from their memories from my own perspective and put all of the haiku into one collection. I chose the title Who I Am because I wanted this haiku collection to be a reflection of the person I have become today through all of the good times I have had as well as through all of the tough times I have experienced from being a little kid to the young adult I am today. Most of the haiku are written in the same format but try to elicit different emotions from the reader as they go from one haiku to another. Overall, I want my haiku booklet to rekindle people’s memories of their childhood; no matter if they are good memories or bad ones.

in the dentist chair
I wait for
my free toothbrush

driving down the road
I turn up the radio
to her favorite song

in the classroom
listening to the teacher
talk about her weekend

on the ground
lying together
as the clouds walk by

sitting on the end table
my wife's ashes

arguing with my sister
about who broke
the lamp

laying in bed
she looks at the stars
her final wish

© 2015, Randy Brooks • Millikin University
All rights returned to authors upon publication.