EN340 / IN350 Global Haiku Tradition
Dr. Randy Brooks
Spring 2002
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Natalie Kussart

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Essay on Lamb's Haiku

Buson & Lamb

Selected Haiku

Natalie Kussart

I choose to call my collection "Serenity" because that is the atmosphere I feel these haiku convey. I really like haiku that describe peaceful, calm, and tranquil moments in time.

          pants rolled up
          cold water rushes
          over our toes

I found out this semester that my best haiku come from the quiet moments of my life. When writing haiku, I like to think back to a time in my life when I felt happy and serene. Then I write a haiku about that image. In my signature haiku (above) I was standing at the shore of Lake Superior watching the sun go down. Everything around me was quiet except for a few birds. These are the type of instances that I like to capture in my haiku.


doorbell ringing
one last spray
of perfume

(Solaris Hill, Feb. 22, 2002)

laying in the grass
we take of our shoes
and eat sandwiches

wallpaper starting to peel
I strip away
my memories



camp fire dying
smoke rising
into the heavens

standing face to face
in silence
snow falls around us



fresh fruit market
two flies nibbling
on a strawberry

dried up well
still throwing in a coin
for good luck



    by Kathy Walsh and Natalie Kussart

foggy morning—
walking the tracks
to her house

     rabbit on the path
     fur wet with dew

afternoon by the lake
tossing the apple core
to the ants

warming sunshine
zipper on my coat
won't budge

     speeding down the bike trail
     sunset sparkles on the river

dwindling light
the deer graze
outside my window

©2002 Randy Brooks, Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois || all rights reserved for original authors