Global Haiku • May 2021
Dr. Randy Brooks

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Jacey Centola






Love Is . . .

Jacey Centola

The title for my haiku is Love Is… because all the haiku in this collection describes some feeling, emotion, or sense of love. Love is described in many ways, and it can be happy or sad. Love is a way we connect with someone else, and object, or a pet. I decided to write my collection on love haiku because love can be unexpected, spontaneous, exciting, stressful, emotional, and difficult. I think through all of these it is amazing that love is endless. These haiku range from all emotions of love. Most of these haiku are from my own experiences and I cannot wait to share them with you.

Writing haiku to me is finding an image you are trying to show to an audience and making them imagine a whole story. It is not right or wrong, but what it makes you think of, maybe an old memory or an unreal story. If you look up how to write a haiku it will say that it is a 5-7-5 syllable poem. This definition is not how I have learned it to be. To me haiku is not something that gives the same picture to every individual reader, but it helps the reader become more engaged with the haiku through a personal experience or a very separate thought. Haiku makes me feel engaged with my own memories as that is what I use to write most of my own haiku, but the thing is the reader will come up with a completely different story. My haiku below I hope you read and engage yourself, fill them with your own imaginations and memories.

scared of heights
I try to ride
the Ferris wheel

can’t say goodbye
holding onto him . . . military,
will I see him again?

wearing white
he stands and waits for me
to become his mrs.

never done this before
I’m not sure
what boys even talk about?

a creaky porch swing
she waits all night
for him to join her

summer night
under a warm blanket

long night walk
her deepest thoughts

heart broken
a cheat
from the start

he tries to help me
as we hold hands
ice skating

the music blaring
ready to fight
the punching bag

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