Global Haiku • Fall 2023
Dr. Randy Brooks

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Elly Hermanson

I dedicate this collection to my grandpa. He loves poetry and teaches classes about it. He is the one that got me interested in taking this class, and I am so glad that I did.





Love or Comfortable

Elly Hermanson

The title for this collection comes from this introspective question:

Is it love? 
are you just comfortable??

Sometimes people, including myself, have been in unhealthy relationships and choose to stay just because it's comfortable. I've grown a lot and see that this is not okay anymore. I want to stop and help anyone going through this to realize they can move on. My collection is real, raw, and hold real feelings. Enjoy!


the moon is full
I look up
to where you transported 

the dread
then relief
sun has set again

booze breath
screeching halt
mistakes last forever

will I ever
get another day
to just play

tearing me apart
text I read

scars so deep
but not visible 
just want to escape 

old habits  
promising change
choose your battles

the feeling
of serenity
where I’m supposed to be 

constantly spending 
I don’t have

© 2023, Randy Brooks • Millikin University
All rights returned to authors upon publication.