Selected Haiku

Rebecca Langmeyer

Global Haiku Tradition
Millikin University, Spring 2000

Becky Langmeyer is a double major in theatre and elementary education. She is originally from Park Forest, Illinois, a southern suburb of Chicago. Of the writers that she has read, she has a special appreciation for the work of O. Mabson Southard. Each of his haiku highlights a small part of nature that, often, goes unseen. Through his work in imagery, each of his works captures the reader and makes them a part of the "haiku moment."

fiery ball
between the trees
crickets sing their songs

snow-covered pavement—
in the woods
shimmering crystals

opening the envelope—
eyes wide as a smile
greet its contents

forest journey—
     your hand
             rests in mine



Easter sunrise—
under the crab apple
scriptures read

a new life—
the Labrador puppy
bounding through grass



break of day—
walking home
marked with ashes

outdoor class—
an inchworm crawls
on my leg



morning hike—
along the path
fresh hoof prints

the cabinets full
the year changes
we all take a breath



Saturday night—
pizza and cigarettes
in the bronze man’s hand

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