Global Haiku • Fall 2020
Dr. Randy Brooks

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Hill Valley

Nicole Dadoly

As a storyteller, I feel that details are the most vital parts of any story. Haiku gives a storyteller an interesting chance to tell the story through a lens that is focused on the smallest details to be able to create the big picture for the audience in a different way than they would have by using any other medium. Writing haiku has helped me learn how to be more direct and concise with the story I’m trying to tell no matter what aspect of life I’m talking about. Haiku can be about anything in life and since the ups and downs of life tend to create better haiku than just the inbetween, I decided to call my haiku collection Hill Valley to address those highs and lows while also making a reference to the town of my favorite film of all time, Back to the Future. To me that is also in reference to how haiku can be timeless and have different translations depending on every single readers’ perspective. I like to think of them as three lined kaleidoscopes into someone else’s point of view and I truly love that.

packing my life
in storage

my mask hurts to wear
just fake it
then put on your mask

look in the mirror
who are you?
i asked you first

making the playlist
for grandma’s wake
add more Beatles

catch a frequency
whip it gently to pass it
back to the universe

the green shouts
in a calming way
i’m alive

© 2020, Randy Brooks • Millikin University
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