Global Haiku • Fall 2020
Dr. Randy Brooks

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Kyle Jordan





Mirror, Mirror

Kyle Jordan

Mirror, Mirror is the title I chose for this piece because I felt like my best haiku were introspective. I love philosophy and I think several of my better poems capture some of my existential angst. Haiku has given me a newfound way to express emotions that I would otherwise have bottled up inside. I think that might be my favorite thing about haiku—the therapeutic-nesss of it all. I am an artist; I work in theatre, I enjoy photography, and I am a pretty crafty woodworker, but haiku allows for outside interpretation compared to these other art forms and to me, that’s what makes it special.

mirror mirror
on the wall,
do i like what i see?

masks of makeup
costumes conceal
our identities

autumn breeze
we walk
through memories

surprisigly harder
witb one hand

haunted house
of the man without a mask

i made a mistake
trusting you to be gentle
skin of glass

Ancient Roots

sizzling scent
he replaces the lid
and muffles it again

a belly laugh
and a full heart

stretching spices
hearts entwined
sharing one more meal

a post-dinner dance
she leads
the Victrola breathes

crackling and popping
stuck in a groove

ages old
their love
still fresh

Kyle Jordan and Stark Winter

parents work
blind from 9-5
but grandma sees me

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