Global Haiku • Fall 2020
Dr. Randy Brooks

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Grant Unruh

Essay on

Haiku by Randy Brooks





Grant Unruh

Writing haiku wasn’t something I thought I’d enjoy as much as I did.
But at the time of writing, I’m sure I’ve written over 100 different haiku and learned so much more about the long, storied history and intricate techniques of writing haiku in Dr. Brooks’ course. It’s helped me learn so much more about myself, those around me, and the world we live in, while also being an interesting course in and of itself.

I named this collection “Reflections” due to the creation of these haiku. I see them as reflections of my views and headspaces at the time of writing, whether it be from introspection, outward events, or something in between.

I hope you find something you enjoy within.

fight the fire
with a garden hose

it's okay
to say
"i'm not okay"

shout along
love songs
I pretend to know

somehow, somewhere
things are better
it's snowing on mt. fuji

newfound confidence
applied like
nail polish

many miles apart
through a screen

new moon
the floorboards creak

© 2020, Randy Brooks • Millikin University
All rights returned to authors upon publication.