Global Haiku • Fall 2020
Dr. Randy Brooks

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Micky McNaughton

Essay on

Natalia L. Rudychev's Haiku






Micky McNaughton

This collection, bookends, gathers my haiku which encompass some of the people, places, and things that make up “home” for me: people who have shaped me and continue to help me grow inspire my work, the places I have been, and the things I have seen along the way. This collection smashes these together, like two bookends keeping extra knowledge organized on a shelf.
While linear time may not exist, moments and memories certainly do. I believe haiku helps capture those moments that ground us. Some of my memories and moments are captured here in this collection of haiku. I hope some of these moments resonate with you, dear reader.

waiting to wear
your leather blazer
waiting to grow into it

the smell of chlorine
on the summer breeze
a side of grilled cheese

a horse's neigh
her first memory

*cheep cheep cheep*
the tiny chick
shits in his hand

sticky night
hay stuck
in uncomfortable places

masks up!
protestors scream
i can breathe

no moon
no sun
i open the curtains

podcast in one ear
true crime
in the other

newlywed faces
pause at the intersection
funeral procession

around eight
she goes to church
her first funeral

under a streetlight
       three   a   m

he buys me dinner
drops me off
was that a date?

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