Global Haiku • Spring 2021
Dr. Randy Brooks

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they really do love me

Sarah Barter

I love feelings. I am a cancer and a type 2. So, I feel things A LOT. This semester I really enjoyed capturing my feelings and special moments with friends and family through the art of haiku. I didn't have much experience with haiku before this class, so it was a struggle at times. I ended up learning a lot and I now have new appreciation for haiku. I even catch myself thinking of haiku randomly throughout my day to day life. My goal with this collection is to force you to reminisce on your friendships and your college experience. I have always loved saving every little thing from every little experience in my life (prom flowers, concert tickets, stuffed animals, etc . . . and I wanted to do the same with this haiku collection.

Here are some of my favorite highlights of my spring 2021 semester including sorority living, zoom university, a long distance relationship, the COVID-19 pandemic, and random moments with friends.

relaxing night . . .
a dominoes picnic
on the floor of our room

This haiku is a true story and it really did happen. My friends and I ordered a pizza and ate it on our floor. We shared lots of stories and grew deeper with one another. I love calling these picnics because we sit in a circle around the box of pizza and just talk. This haiku sums up the spontaneity of me and my friends. This is a memory that I will always cherish.

laughter on the dance floor
our favorite line dance
come through the speakers

I believe that this haiku was written after my sorority’s formal. It was a blast dancing to good music with my friends. Lots of memories were made as we attempted to do the different line dances that were played. Laughter is my favorite and we laughed all night. This is also a memory that I will always cherish. Sarah Barter, Spring 2021

staring at my planner
I count the days left
over and over
During long nights of studying and doing homework, I often caught myself looking at my planner and counting the days left till summer. It has been a hard semester, so I am definitely ready for break. This semester seems never ending and like I can’t catch my breath at times, but I always know that I will make it through.

grey t-shirt
on cardio day
. . . what have I done?

I really like this haiku because it gives me a little chuckle. I accidently wore a grey t-shirt to the gym on cardio day and by the end of the workout you could see every sweat molecule seeping through the grey cotton t-shirt. I don’t know why, but grey always makes sweat stains show more. I have known this for a while now, but on this day, I just wasn’t thinking. Whenever I looked in the mirror, I couldn’t help but laugh and I had to document this occurrence.

bottoms up
dixieland delight


love note
found after a long day
they really do love me

late at night
exchanging yawns

sterile swab kit
5 seconds
in each nostril

new polly pocket
the head
is already missing

fairview pool
ope . . .
there's a floater

© 2021, Randy Brooks • Millikin University
All rights returned to authors upon publication.