Faceless: Selected Haiku

Andrew Harrison

Global Haiku Tradition
Millikin University, Spring 2001

Andrew T. Harrison


A Haibun by Andrew


Haiku is emotion and experience wrapped up into three short lines. Life is made up of the same two things and lasts only a few short years. The haiku that follow are simply emotions or experiences that I or someone I know have gone through crammed into a small capsule. So please, take one or two and call me in the morning.

—Andrew T. Harrison


Andrew T. Harrison and I met casually before our attendance at Millikin University. Through our mutual advisor, we began to find that we had quite a few common interests. I was rather relieved when I found out that I was to room with him freshman year. The times we spent together were fun-filled, and I found that I had a true friend in Andrew. He is a sensitive person who never fails to see the humor in situations. Andrew also seems to be the grounded one. While he has great dreams, he never lets them get in the way of his life. His vision isn’t blurred by the niceties that others seem to find necessary to get through a day. Instead, he sees the realism of the world, and makes that the nicest place to be.

In this collection, "Faceless," Andrew wonderfully captures all of the niceties of the world without including anything trite. The images are all true to life, and they manage to bring out a feeling of oneness with everything. The world may not be the most wonderful thing all of the time, but it is magnificent at moments. I’m sure that the following will take you on a journey through the everyday that you won’t forget. I know that when you emerge on the other side, you will see things with a little bit of Andrew, and that’s what makes the world fun.

—Edward J. Morosini

between bed and wall
my teddy bear

among tattered keepsakes,
his kindergarten valentine
safe and sound

arm around his lover
she turns . . .
the other way



moon beams on clouds
farther and farther
his heart falls asleep

grandma pets her dog
one eye and one leg

(Raw Nervz Haiku, Fall, 2001)



A Haibun

Michael Kell does not have a dream. There is no glowing career in his head. He doesn’t want one. While most people at least try to succeed in life, Michael tries not to. Instead he spends his time listening to music, playing video games, and trying to get his friends to come "hang out." His favorite "hang out" location is the movie theatre where his mind is introduced to a whole new level of dream as he is sucked into this other world.

Your brown eyes
Glisten in the silver light
Of the big-screen.

©2001 Randy Brooks, Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois || all rights reserved for original authors