After You Leave
A common theme in my haiku is relationships. I find my best work comes out when I focus on that theme. I decided to choose my favorites and create a story. Each haiku is specifically placed in order to tell the story of a relationship, from its new and exciting beginning to its uncertain ending. While compiling my collection, I noticed I often focus on stars, coffee, and small imperfections, like freckles or moles. I think this brings a nice level of continuity to the story. Each haiku is derived from a specific instance in my life or from stories my friends have told me. Only a few are made up, but they all somehow fit together to create something bigger. I decided to call my collection After You Leave after a line in one of my haiku. Although the collection deals with the relationship, the title suggests what happens in the end. I hope you enjoy After You Leave.
After You Leave mainly focuses on the relationship between two people. The haikus stand alone individually, but when they come together, they create a bigger story. They start at the beginning of a relationship, most likely a first love. As they progress, the two people in the story slowly begin to drift apart until they are no longer together. It is a relatable story with snapshots of a relationship. At its core, it is a bittersweet collection about young love.