The Misfortunes and Marvels
of a Podunk Town
The inspiration for this particular series of haiku’s and rengay comes from both personal and peer experiences living in a small Midwestern town. As I was looking through the collection of haikus I had written since starting this class, I noticed a trend that many of them were based around the unique experiences everyone faces when living in a town full of familiar faces. These haiku encompass both the misfortunes and the marvels that many of my friends and I carry with us no matter where we move. There are many sides to it as well, so I focused on capturing moments of pure unrivaled happiness and those of deep sorrow. Everyone should get a taste of small-town living.
“All I’ve had to eat my whole life is dust storms.” -Katie smith when asked to describe small Midwest town living.