long summer day
two little girls looking up
through the leaves

—Randy Brooks

About the author: Dr. Randy Brooks directs the writing major at Millikin University, a private university in Decatur, Illinois, USA and recently served as the Midwest Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America. He and his wife, Shirley Brooks, have been co-editors and publishers of Brooks Books, (formerly High/Coo Press) and currently edit Mayfly magazine.

Dr. Brooks has won many awards for his haiku and haiku publishing including 1st Place in the prestigious Harold G. Henderson Award in 1998 from the Haiku Society of America. A collection of his selected haiku, School's Out, was published in 1999 by Press Here (Foster City, California). School's Out, received 3rd Place in the national Merit Book Awards for the Best Haiku Books published in 1999, an award sponsored by the Haiku Society of America.

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email: brooksbooks at q-com.com or rbrooks at mail.millikin.edu


Responses to the haiku for 8 August 2003 by Randy Brooks

    H. Gene Murtha (Genemurt at cs dot com)
    2003-08-08 19:27:53

    hum, I think that I've read more than this about
    you Dr. Brooks, aaah, very lovely haiku, and I
    hope that you don't mind if I share this with my

    all my best,


    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2003-08-09 15:25:25

    a new day approaches, brevity on bob's part.

    in reading a piece, "i" try to understand the author's conception. being "summer", first line, assuming the leaves still being on the tree.
    second line, a bit wordy.

    overall, my mind feels there's something amiss, or perhaps we have a bit of "mystery" here.
    possibly, their gaze stopped upon a branch, or continued on to whatever caught their fancy, on the other side...

    while thinking over this piece, i pondered if i had written something akin to,

    "hot sun above the sidewalk
    man places one foot...
    in front of the other"

    in finishing my thought, what review would i have gotten...

    ryan cohen (racfarm at comcast dot net)
    2003-08-09 22:12:16

    I enjoyed following up on your haiku with your web site...very nice.

    thanks, ryan

    H. Gene Murtha (Genemurt at cs dot com)
    2003-08-10 21:50:17

    Oh, I forgot about your website. I bet, both
    you and Shirley are very proud. And when I read,
    Bill Collins, I carefully looked over each of the
    photos ... yeah never know, now do we.



    Ellen G. Olinger (ElinGrace at wi dot rr dot com)
    2003-08-11 11:28:19

    Thanks, Randy. I take little breaks and sit in a tiny garden, and look up through the leaves, too. Just a dreamy summer moment. Here in Northern Wisconsin, a few are gold.

    Blessings on your new semester. I know you work hard to involve your students, and that you publish them alongside well-known poets.


    David Wood
    2003-08-13 13:31:40

    Dear Bob Richarson

    Do you fell a need to comment on each hauku.

    Do you wish to provike dialouge?

    You overwelm a once nice site, good or bad.

    Have you something else to do?

    David Wood

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2003-08-13 22:44:25

    dear david wood,
    1. a need to comment on every haiku, have you looked at the total list; my work is cut out for me.
    2. on my providing a dialogue, allow me to say, "it just happens that way".
    3. hmmm, i see what you mean on my being "overwhelming", i have been told that before; i must be honest with you, i didn't totally understand your 3rd point, might you break it down for me, or even rephrase it.
    4. do i have something else to do, let me assure you, i do. david, this is my break-away from my daily routine; all-in-all, this takes up very little of my time.

    david, may i propose a number 5, what do i get out of all this; i am thrilled, david, my words have prompted you, and even others, to react towards me in the manner you have. david, it has broaden my outlook, and the things i have learned.

    david, please, write again.
    in closing, david, things of this nature make my day.
    one more thought, david, are you for real.


    2003-09-15 01:49:19

    hot day
    treetops stir in the wind

    Anyone want to renga?

    ed markowski (1elmarko at comcast dot net)
    2004-01-18 22:48:08

    mid summer heat
    the traffic light
    stuck on red

    lana b
    2004-05-23 14:26:18

    summer stilness
    i watching the wind
    in the spiderweb

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-07-04 05:32:26

    summer days ...
    the mockingbird sings

    outside my bedroom window


    levon machenry
    2005-09-28 15:50:55

    not only is this bourgeoise, not only is this
    petty bourgeoise, it's petty petty bourgeoise.
    so suburban, so bland, so unremarkable, regardless
    of what the haiku elite say about it. has this
    type of observation blinded you to what's
    occuring all around you?

    old newspapers...
    for some a nuisance
    for some a bed

    2009-01-26 18:39:32

    winter night solitude--
    a look through the darkness
    where the moon once was