Selected Haiku

Jill Embry

Global Haiku Tradition
Millikin University, Spring 2001

Jill Embry


I like to think of haiku as life's journeys—which is the name of my collection. My haiku capture these moments in my life that have made some type of impact on me and made me who I am today.

No matter how big or small these moments may be, they are important to me. A lot of my haiku deal with childhood memories, traveling the beautiful Arizona trails, and the seasons—no matter lonely or fulfilling they may be.

What's in your life's journey?


driving up the mountain road
aroma of pine trees
fills the car

(Raw Nervz, Summer 2001)

Journey to the Havasupai

Grand Canyon Virgin
in awe of its beauty
forgotten tennis shoes

traveling the gravel trail
desert sun

on the rock
the lizard's shadow
not camouflaged

rock in the shape of a bear
bear in the shape of a rock

high canyon walls
people on horses go by
eight more miles

blisters on m y feet
are we there yet?

child playing
mom's only red rose
picked as a gift



alone at the creek
i remember how grandpa
baited my line

fishing with grandpa
the turtle on my line
falls back into the pond



winter picnic

red checkered blanket
on the living room floor

spring break
first day away
already missing him



perfect summer day
letting me know I'm not alone
the wind's gentle touch

another headlight shining on the wall
sweet taste of merlot
awaiting his arrival



blisters on my feet
the beauty of the waterfall
eases the pain


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