Global Haiku • June 2020
Dr. Randy Brooks

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Samantha Wahl

The Hidden Haiku

Samantha Wahl

For me, I have never given much thought to poetry at all. When I started the class, I thought it would be interesting, but it turned out to be much more. I have a completely different outlook on haiku. I always pictured it to be the typical 5-7-5 approach; oh how I was wrong. I chose this title because I feel like haiku was never something I knew I could do. I have now realized anyone can write haiku, you just have to put your mind to it. There are haiku all around us, if you find the words for them. I was always able to write haiku, they were just hidden in me. The haiku I chose all have something to do with family. I chose these because I come from a large family, and they have a huge impact on me. They influence a lot of my free topic haiku and are the people I have some of my best memories with.

the stroke of a brush
yellow next
half of a flower


mom in the same spot
as yesterday
washer rumbling


climbing the tree
on top of the world
I see my house


she looks in the mirror
right out of the shower
a bare face


on the trampoline
playing popcorn with family
how high can you go



tan skin
a small spot
begins to peel


late night bike ride
to the old elementary school
nothing has changed


water splashing
kids jumping off the diving board
four more laps


the first date
she looks her absolute best
little does he know


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