Global Haiku • May 2021
Dr. Randy Brooks

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The Bird Sings
Sad Song

Austin Medina

The title of this collection came from one of my two favorite haiku I have written. At times I have felt like I am trapped in my own mind when dealing with my depression. Much like a bird trapped in a cage sings, I have used the thoughts that run through my mind when I feel trapped to come up with the art I have put together here. Not all the haiku are sad, but are the products of emotion I have felt, when I was trapped in my proverbial cage. I am hoping that this will help me get a step closer to singing a happy song when I find my way out.

follow the stars
I am waiting
for you there

the solitude
I craved
hurts more than anything

two paths to take
they disappear,
before one is chosen

soft music
lit candles
and a good book

Seventeen Years Old

The song of the cicada sounds much sweeter today. On what would normally be a walk I would take alone, today I am joined by the best company one could ask for. Her smile is more breathtaking than the sun rising over the horizon. We have discussed our lives into old age, and I find myself more excited for the future than I have ever been. I never cared much for romance as I found it to be an unnecessary distraction. That all changed when she entered my life. When I look back on today, even in my old age I will remember fondly the sound of the cicada. Nothing will ever be as sweet as the sound of their song as I look upon the face of my love.

sweet sight
I look into your eyes
and see forever

unable to escape the cage
the bird sings
a sad song

do my tattoos upset you?
if so,
I’m glad

the moon above
lit the path
to the best night of their life

© 2021, Randy Brooks • Millikin University
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