Selected Haiku

Marvin Hill

Global Haiku Tradition
Millikin University, Summer 2001

My name is Marvin Hill. I was born May 1, 1974 in Decatur Illinois. I am married and have two children. I am currently a computer programmer for the United Parcel Service (UPS).

This is my first semester ever working with the art of haiku. It has been a great experience and has helped me better use my senses to capture every moment. When I write haiku, I try to narrow down the moment and concentrate on specifically what images the moment conjure in my thoughts. I really enjoy the way that haiku helps you learn to focus and zero in on a specific instant in time, then mold that image into your memory. Haiku is a popular form of poetry practiced all over the world and I would very much so recommend it to any, not just poetry fans. It is a poetry that deals with time, and anyone who appreciates life can understand, use, and learn from it.

In the rain—
The little boy picks strawberries.
Soaking wet.

(Illinois Times, July 26, 2001)



reflection in the mirror—
only for herself

fireworks reflecting
      alongside the arch


running in the store
father's stern look
stops the mischief

learning to walk
ups and downs
across the plush carpet


sitting on the porch
yet, still talking

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