Haiku Kukai 6 Favorites

Global Haiku • Millikin University • Spring 2016

until three in the morning

Corrin Littlefield

sister sleepover
shit talking parents
some things never change

Corrin Littlefield (2)

These haiku seemed to match up very nicely because they both remind me of fun, loving sisters who are probably up to no good.  Giggling is often associated with sleepovers, and adding the spirited relationship of sisterhood into the mix makes for two delightfully beautiful haiku.  The first one, I imagine the sisters are younger in age while the second one resembles older sisters probably beginning to get annoyed with their parents and their rules. Katherine

I like these two poems together, as they can be a part of the same story. If they’re read together, it starts and ends with the same word, and that’s also really cool. It makes me think of when my sister and I are back together; we went 3 hours in opposite directions for school, so we really don’t see each other too much. But when we do see each other again, I’m reminded of how much growth we’ve both experienced apart...there are always some things that never change however, like being able to stay up long past our parents go to sleep laughing at them. Taryn

These two haiku made a great matching pair that each show the relationship between two sisters that never change. It reminds me of my relationship with my siblings that pretty much consist of acting weird and shit talking our other family members. Even though we are all getting older, and technically becoming adults, we still act like were still children, and that is probably something that will never change.  Whitney

my beautiful children
half mine . . .
all hers

Cori Grzenia (6)

the museum window
a stone statue

new book
lemonade and tea
on the porch

Noah Klumpe (6)

soft jazz
floats up the stairs
the parent's party

Corrin Littlefield (5)

living in the fishbowl
I cannot help
but do nothing

Cori Grzenia (7)

salmon lips
for them
I swim upstream

Benjamin Brawner (8)

morning star
a dry cough
startles the cock

Benjamin Brawner (7)

late for a meeting
I reach up to touch
the pine needles

Taryn Pepping (12)

follow the yellow brick road
to your next adventure
sun painted side walk

Corrin Littlefield (5)

summer fast approaching
I find my fat jeans
smugly in the hamper

flushed out . . .
the little worm
inches to safety

clasping her ruby necklace
a personality
as dry as her martini

Tyler Trzcinski (8)

summer sunset
he kisses me
the bed of his truck

rainbow thread
hanging loose on her jacket
I can't help but pull

his flowers
the last art he left
for us

Alexis Dockins

a breeze of spring wind
reminds me
He is always with me

Katherine Viviano (2)

I liked this match together because it made me think of my grandpa who passed away over this summer. He was the first of my immediate family members that I have lost, so it affected me greatly. My family saw it coming a lot more than I did, since I was away at school and they decided not to bother me or worry me with his sickness until I got home in May. It was a shock to me when they told me, and it was very hard to go through. What I like about these two haiku is that they give the hope that the people you lose are always around you even after they are gone. The first talks about flowers that the person who has passed away has planted, and that is a more physical thing that can be seen, but the second talks of the wind which is more felt. Putting these two together can show you that even if you do not see the physical person in front of you, you can see the things they left behind, or even feel them, and you know they are still there. Lauren

spring evening walk
both of us ignoring
the other's limp

Cori Grzenia (7)

rose petals fall
revealing scars
nobody else could see

Erica Forbes (4)

I think these haiku make a good pair but because they remind me of my sister and I. We both have the same exact problem with our right hip and she has to have surgery, just like I did. When we walk together, we both have a small limp. Thankfully, my limp is smaller than hers, but it’s a constant reminded that we both went through the same thing. It’s crazy to think that it is the same exact thing, but I guess it just makes me feel more like sisters. And now, whenever we walk anywhere together, we typically walk slower to not hurt either of us. With the second haiku, it reminds me of the little scars that I have, and she is soon to have. They are four little scars on my right hip that you can really only see if I’m wearing a bathing suit. The rose petals falling reminded me of summer approaching and everything that changes within the seasons. It’s something very small but significant to those who have to bear the scars, especially scars that are exactly the same. Corrin

sister sleepover
shit talking parents
some things never change

Corrin Littlefield (2)

they didn't know
I used to bowl

Jacob Hamilton (7)

at twenty years old
her mom drops her off
at the dentist

Taryn Pepping (11)

late for a meeting
I reach up to touch
the pine needles

Taryn Pepping (12)

I matched these two haiku together because they both give the impression of an adult who is not a full adult yet. In the first one, the person in the haiku is old enough to go to the dentist on their own, but clearly they do not. This is how I still feel about going to the dentist. I am almost 20 and I still feel weird going alone. In the second haiku, the person is waking to a meeting that they are late for, but they don’t seem to care. These both show a way that people can cling onto innocence.  jacob

out of the hospital
a cigarette to celebrate
cancer free

Tyler Trzcinski (10)

broken stump
a fence
runs through it

Benjamin Brawner

spring breeze
her toes covered
by the mud

Taryn Pepping

late for a meeting
I reach up to touch
the pine needles

Taryn Pepping (12)

These two haiku from Kukai 6 were a good pair to me because they both create a very calm feeling. Although the second one starts out bad and stressful it ends very peacefully when the person is just sitting under a tree and not really worried about the meeting. I thought that matched well with the feeling the spring breeze and mud covering the toes created. Both touching nature and very peaceful. Lexi

locked eyelids
no amount of kisses
can wake her

I hold the coffee cup
on my belly
warming both sides

ferris wheel blues
watching the children
watch the show

Christmas Eve
another hotel room's
digital fireplace

her suddenly still
body in bed
summer stars fall

spring sunshine
we hold hands
shoulders burning

Taryn Pepping

summer sunset
he kisses me
the bed of his truck

Taryn Pepping

Both haiku start by painting an image of the warm sun. It is a romantic feeling that immediately is created in the first line. This feeling is then continued in the second line by describing a physical affection. While the first adds an uncomfortable feeling within the last line, the second closes the haiku maintaining the warm image. Grace

rose petals fall
revealing scars
nobody else could see

Erica Forbes (4)

birthday princess
can't even make it
to the strike of twelve . . .

Grace Ganley (12)

picking clover
she leans over
her pregnant belly

off the path
he pulls me close
the sun warms my back

broken pieces
slowly picking up each
strand of hair

two mugs
of ice cream
the old couple

in the dark
bare feet across snow
hauling the night's wood

first touch
I can hear your heartbeat
matching mine

morning glory morning

Tyler Trzcinski (3)

humid and moist
bug bites all over
connect the dots

tending to her son's
chipped knees
Mrs. Potts

Erica Forbes (11)

blood sweat and apples
she slaves in the kitchen
peace offering

a single purple weed
hand picked
for me

Taryn Pepping (10)

rental shoes
one size too big
slide across the hardwood

Jacob Hamilton

touching the cross
dangling from the mirror
as his family snoozes

holding onto you . . .
seashells coated in
wet white sand

cracked ring dish
she has no right
to still want him

Genevieve Breitbach (10)

open back road
a Ferrari passes
an Amish buggy

Joseph Pegura

rental shoes
one size too big
slide across the hardwood

Jacob Hamilton

I like this match of haiku because they both are very original but they also reflect common little things in society. In the first haiku I like it because it is ironic how it depicts a Ferrari passing by an Amish buggy. I found that funny because it was basically a picture of the past and present. The Amish buggy is representative of the traditional times where there weren't cars and the Ferrari represents evolution of time and technology. On the other hand, the second haiku is original I feel like anybody could relate to it. Mostly everybody I know has had the opportunity to play bowling in their life. The times when I went were interesting because the shoes that they would give me would always be a couple sizes to big even when I wore the same size in different shoes and it fit. The shoes there were simply always to big and on top of that I always felt unstable due to the hardwood floor. I would slip and fall because there was no grip on the bottom of the shoes so it was hard for me. But that is why I like this haiku, it brings back those memories and in my opinion those are the best ones. Emilio

some day
an ocean could be
just around the corner

beer foam
I decide
to leave him

Whitney Gray (11)

This haiku is interesting on three different levels. First, the actual parallel from beer foam and the decision made. Foam from the beer disappears, and just as the foam, so will her decision to leave him.  Secondly, there is a lack of substance in both statements. Just as beer foam is full of air and no substance, the decision to leave him has no effect. I also like the idea that alcohol is liquid courage. If she was not drinking, she would not have the courage to do that, but because she is drinking there is a lot less fear in leaving a man like that. Noah

cool sand
nestles around my toes
a wave pecks then      recedes

Genevieve Breitbach (7)

another clear blue sky
what a beautiful day
to stay in bed

driving down the road
I used to turn left
now turning right

Lauren Montesano (11)

new mulch smell—
the tulips sway
back and forth

a wreck of a night
but all is well
at Sunday breakfast

saying final goodbyes,
we salute him
as he is flushed down the drain

playing in the puddles
looking forwarded
to a warm embrace

the roar of the waterfall
distracts us from the scent
dead vultures

Joseph Pegura (4)

wedding bells ring
walking past faces
only see one

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c           i
a          g
e          h
t     ~    t

Katherine Viviano (4)

april 16
the day I realize my window
opens after all

Genevieve Breitbach

sun on my face
reminding me
I'm where I'm meant to be

furry babies
the only ones
I can have

petting the dog
each stroke
reminds me of him

missing you
the way I know how

look into her eyes and you will see she has more in terms of glee

a breeze of spring wind
reminds me
He is always with me

Katherine Viviano (2)

black ink gone
she tries again in navy
blue sheep

Genevieve Breitbach (4)

fourth grade rascal
wants to know
"What's a sorority?"

the sun melting
a clown face

the brilliant sunshine
walks to class
her ivory dress

Katherine Viviano (6)

amongst the cold weather
that people have knees

Lauren Montesano (15)

I shave my legs
for a party in shorts
thank goodness

dancing with her
regret swells within me
in the morning

praying in the kitchen
she returns
all smiles

Marah Kittelson

reading a children's book
learning a lesson
as an adult

Michael Barber (12)

creaking old bridge
one more time

Noah Klumpe (8)

wallflower girl
knows everything
says nothing

rear-view mirror
awkward eye contact

a stupid idea
her eyes light up

Natalie Smith (9)

head out the window
smiling in the warm wind

Marah Kittelson (11)

one kiss
friends aren't
just friends anymore

sandy toes water wings

Whitney Gray

cool sand
nestles around my toes
a wave pecks then      recedes

Genevieve Breitbach (7)

I feel that these two haiku are very similar, and that they compliment each other very well because of the subtle differences. I enjoyed the simplicity of the first haiku because of the shortness, it flowed very well. “Sandy toes water wings” is just so basic, yet it can see my feet in the sand as the water wishes away the sand in a hurry. Yet, I just automatically put myself in a summer scenario as to where the second haiku explicitly states that the sand was very cool and because of that I made the connection that this haiku was taking place in the fall because the sand would be cool but the water would still be reasonable to enjoy. However, even though both of these haikus have differences they are literally the same scene in my mind. Joe

his slips
his hand into mine
the first time

stretching on the deck
human cat
on the sun-warmed two-by-fours

sitting in the bathtub
the baby tips the boat
mom's day off

small town diner
he realizes
he loves her

feet hang over
the roof

Noah Klumpe (8)

across the dinner table
                he watches the waitress

feet kicked up
her blonde hair
in a ball cap

Whitney Gray (6)

toes tangled
in summer grass

Saturday night
watching my friends
on snap chat

Alexis Dockins

hard 12 inch ball
appears in purple
on my leg

looking into
the sunshine
missing the pop fly

aimlessly walking
through the jungle
inside my head

Corrin Littlefield (7)

a stupid idea
her eyes light up

Natalie Smith (9)

I paired these two haiku because it shows the creative process of every new idea. It all begins with a person aimlessly walking around their head, trying to figure something out. They are searching for an idea then, at 2am, once their search is complete, they come up with an idea. These two haiku tell a story together about how people discover new ideas. The person is not wandering, but walking. They have a path that they are taking and sometimes you just have to get through the jungle of their mind to come up with something completely new. Erica

a snail
sheds its shell
silly slug

reading Whitman
strumming a guitar

spring rain seeps
through my cracked

Cori Grzenia (5)

April shower
the rainbow umbrella
scatters sunlight

inhaling deeply
it doesn't smell like roses
his shoe

Alexis Dockins

new mulch smell--
the tulips sway
back and forth

Joseph Pegura

I really enjoyed both of these haiku on their own. When put together the entire story of what could be happening changes drastically. In the first haiku I picture a person seeing flowers and being filled with happiness. The sight of beautiful flowers can put a smile on anyone's face. I picture someone bending down to smell the flowers but instead of getting sweet aromatic bliss all they can smell is their nasty shoes. In the second haiku the first line makes me imagine an unpleasant smell. I do landscaping work over the summer and one thing that I can never get used to is how new mulch smells when it is freshly delivered. It is a very hard scent to describe but it is one I have never enjoyed so this haiku starts off with me imagining a harsh scent. The rest of the haiku brings me to the sweet scent of tulips swaying in the breeze. I like both these haiku because they use the sweet scent of flowers in comparison to something with a foul scent. Tyler

my hand reaches
toward the glowing mass
my brother runs away

on the broomstick
two broken teeth

Emilio Tejada (7)

my emotions go round
like an airport carousel
one lost bag

Corrin Littlefield (9)

underneath the bed
monsters hide
broken night light

Tyler Trzcinski (3)

I really like this haiku because I can imagine a small child unable to sleep in a dark room because the night light is out. I also like this haiku a lot because I do not like sleeping in the dark. I actually cannot sleep in the dark and have had some bad experiences with it. This haiku is effective because it is very simplistic and easy to picture in the mind of the reader. Michael

finding the courage
to be a radical
version of me

Corrin Littlefield (8)

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