Global Haiku • Spring 2020
Dr. Randy Brooks

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Taylor Parola



The Mirror

Taylor Parola

My journey writing haiku has recently begun. I have learned to find the joy and sorrow behind reading haiku. This booklet I wrote is a collection that focuses on the highs and lows of life. I chose the title Mirror because looking the mirror can be seen in a positive or negative light. Self-imagery and knowing yourself worth is very important. Many don’t learn this until later stages in their life. Some people never learn the meaning behind self-worth. I recently started to love the person looking back at me in the mirror. I hope this booklet promotes self-worth in the highs and lows of life.

Final Reflection

I surprised myself at how much I enjoyed reading and writing haiku. I feel the literary art of my life has finally opened and I thank you for that. I appreciate how you made this class exciting and interesting for the students. As a nurse I don’t know when I would be able to use this in the work field, but I do believe this new writing style will help me de-stress and become more creative. When talking to others I have brought up this class and the haiku I have wrote multiple times. I want to thank you again for everything you have done for me during this class. Taylor Parola, Spring 2020

when the mirror
says we are older
the love won't stop

I chose this haiku that I wrote as one of my favorites because it's something I desire to have in life. I want someone to love me for who I am and not what I look like. Looks fade as you age. I think this one is one of my best haikus also because it is very relatable and desirable. Taylor Parola, Spring 2020

my dream
can’t look in the mirror

I wrote this haiku based off a personal experience of mine and I think that is why it is one that sticks out to me the most. I thought my life was over and couldn’t even look at myself in the mirror. It just shows that it is possible to move on and become a better person. That experience made me stronger and I am proud of what I have overcome. Taylor Parola, Spring 2020

saw through
the magic
youth in a casket

A lot of people didn’t understand what I meant when writing this haiku and thought of it more as a magic trick. I found that very interesting that people can interpret this haiku I wrote in different ways. When writing this haiku, I was focused on capturing someone growing up and seeing through the magic. Almost as if finally recognizing it’s all their imagination. This one was one of my favorite haiku of mine because I put a lot of effort in it and I am happy with the outcome. Taylor Parola, Spring 2020

a picture
two people
smiling . . . lies

This haiku has been my ultimate favorite that I wrote in class. I think there is a lot of truth being it. It was also my family and friends favorite! It is not uncommon for someone to put on a smile for social media as stated when I first wrote this. When looking at social media you would have no idea how someone actual feels in that moment when taking the photo or if the two people in the photo like each other. Social media is ruining our expectation in society. I wanted to show that in this haiku and I believe I was able to do that. Taylor Parola, Spring 2020

long day
sigh . . .
unbutton jeans

This haiku was also one of my more relatable haikus. I am happy that I was able to make a lot of my classmates laugh while reading this. This haiku showed me how I loved to get a reaction from the readers. Writing this one haiku opened my interest to haiku in general. I am really happy that my classmates enjoyed this one as much as I did! Taylor Parola, Spring 2020


since I saw you
I crinkle my nose

on a sunny Sunday
I babysit kids
tablets in their hands

keys jingling
at the door
we run to do the dishes

met a man
who puts me first
I don’t know what to do

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