PACE Global Haiku • Fall 2008
Dr. Randy Brooks

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Selected Haiku

Amy Van Rheeden

How are we supposed to react to others' lifestyles and behaviors? Some behaviors are cozy, and others are tense. Some people show love; others show lack of acceptance. These poems focus on self-other relationships. More precisely, they deal with observations of how others relate to us and how our inner-voice affects us. These are less haiku and more short snippets of relationship; nonetheless, I am happy how each poem turned out.

our milkshake:
he feeds me
the only cherry

eating nothing
from the sushi bar—
a U.S. World War II vet

sunday afternoon . . .
his math homework
in crayon


hot chocolate &
favorite magazine
My mental health day!

the homeless man

the church service
suddenly silent


spring storm . . .
in the parking garage
a homeless man smokes

the homeless man
looks at my ring &
drinks his coffee


sitting on a
railroad track
come what may

© 2008, Randy Brooks • Millikin University
All rights returned to authors upon publication.