Global Haiku • Fall 2023
Dr. Randy Brooks

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Mathematical Whispers

Sean House

I was never really into poetry before. I’ve written my own stories over the years, as flawed as they may be due to lack of experience, but poetry never came naturally to me. I continued writing my sometimes short and sometimes long and complicated stories throughout middle school, but I eventually hit a mental block and that combined with school and work taking up more of my free time led me to write less and less. I also started getting into math more and more as I started high school, which took my mind off of writing, and instead I focused on exploring what I could do with mathematics.

When I first started this class, it was very tough for me. I felt like a fish out of water. Ever since the 8th grade, my mind has always thought more mathematically and systematically about things. My brain was better at things with finite solutions and order and structure. Haiku, however, is much different than that. Haiku is not something you can just do calculus on and find the most optimal solution. Haiku is more about evoking feelings and memories in the reader, which is on the polar opposite end of the spectrum.

With this class, to enjoy it as much as I could, I tried to find ways I could incorporate my love for math into the art. It took a while of feeling it out, but I believe what makes a haiku work the best is making the reader feel the most emotions or evoke memories with the least amount of words as possible, and I tried my best to do that in these haiku that I wrote. (Also I’ll admit, some of them I just made for fun.)

spinning in circles
pi tells me
how far I've come

harvest moon so bright
takes its flight

doesn't matter
grab the vacuum 

driving at midnight
streetlights overhead
where did the time go

whispers in the leaves
whiskers in the trees
what is he doing up there

prime of my life
good moments
get more sparse

strange graphs
x and Y intertwined
where do we go from here

changes every time
something is wrong

forty miles there
five gallons
to spare

© 2023, Randy Brooks • Millikin University
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