Global Haiku • Spring 2016
Dr. Randy Brooks

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Cori Grzenia

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Cori Grzenia

This collection of haiku is the product of my studies of Global Haiku under Dr. Randy Brooks at Millikin University. I chose to name this collection “Glimmer” because if you look hard enough, there is always light to be found, even if it is only a glimmer. Though the following haiku are certainly up to interpretation, I invite you to take on new perspectives while reading and find that glimmer throughout. the following pages include my favorite haiku I’ve written, mostly generated from times where I put life on hold, if only for a moment, to appreciate and ponder the world around me. I hope you enjoy this collection.

About the Author

Cori is a sophomore vocal music education major who loves music, Harry Potter, and pursuing her well-rounded education here at Millikin.

forgotten cup
filled to the brim
stars and moonshine

signature haiku

mom's soft snores
worksheets and projects
cover the table

Spring sneaks in
through the cracked window
I continue working

mismatched pottery
each piece
its own story

living in the fishbowl
I cannot help
but do nothing

a single bead
rolls down my leg
I evaporate

a clap of thunder
his hand jumps
to his scar


in the cool stone
the Queen’s eyes

lone footsteps in the snow
the difference I make

thick, wet snow
certain parts of me
buried alive

black forehead smudges
I wish I could believe
so proudly

salmon swim upstream
strolling down the bank
of the postcard

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


Ben & Jerry
my favorite

April shower
the rainbow umbrella
scatters sunlight

© 2016, Randy Brooks • Millikin University
All rights returned to authors upon publication.