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Timmy Smith: Haiku Portfolio

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Fall

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Dancing with the wind,
Oak leaves gently wither—
Searching for their grave

~ Timmy Smith


In this haiku, I tried to use the technique of creating an image, adding an action, and ending with a cool twist. I was inspired to write this piece by what I see around me each fall day. In this haiku, similar to some of my other pieces, I want the message to be open to the reader’s interpretation, so they can take what they need from it.

 

Fall

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The lone barren spruce,
Circled with fallen leafy color
Pays tribute

~ Timmy Smith


In this haiku, I used the technique of creating two images, then adding a cool twist. I have always loved the fall foliage in New England, and I was inspired to write this piece by the beauty I see each fall. The idea of the tree serving as a memorial is meant to be a bit unclear, so that the reader can make what they want of this story.

 

Fall

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The cloud strewn sky
Gifts raindrops
To the lonesome stone bench

~ Timmy Smith


I used the technique of narrowing and expanding in this haiku. When walking outside on the Fenn campus, I found myself interested in the bench outside the library dedicated to Mr. Duncan. In the cold rain, even in the spring, I felt that this image was perfect for a fall haiku. This haiku isn’t meant to convey a certain message, but rather to let the readers’ minds ponder the words.

 

Winter

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Each year,
Crows flee from the shadows;
Escaping the dark

~ Timmy Smith


In this haiku, I used the technique of creating an image, adding an action, and ending with a cool twist. I have noticed that people, like migrating birds, are afraid of cold and darkness, or troubling times, and try to run from them, which I try to communicate here. I hope that readers will understand, and maybe even relate to these fleeing crows.

 

Winter

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In the blackness of night,
Snow sparkles in the moonlight;
How will I find home?

~ Timmy Smith


In this haiku, I used the image on image with a cool twist technique. When thinking about winter images, the snow and darkness naturally came to my mind. I used those images to create this haiku, with an interesting twist at the end to leave room for the reader to imagine a story to fit with this piece.

 

Winter

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The cold is set free
Through the lively wood—
Only a frosted oak leaf remains

~ Timmy Smith


I used the technique of narrowing and expanding in this haiku. This piece, to me, is about a figurative “battle” between autumn and winter, that was inspired by the often spontaneous transitions between seasons, which we are experiencing now. I hope that readers will interpret this piece in the way they want to, so this haiku can have a different meaning for everyone.

 

Spring

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Color explodes,
Engulfing the land—
Nature has new life

~ Timmy Smith


In this haiku, I use the technique of creating an image, adding an action, and ending with a cool twist. I was inspired to write this haiku by all the nature around me emerging this spring. I am trying to communicate to the readers that hard times, although natural, do not last forever. I hope that readers understand that nature’s revival, in this piece, represents respite after a struggle, such as winter.

 

Spring

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The shining sun
Illuminates the winter earth;
Nature rejoices

~ Timmy Smith


In this haiku, I used the technique of combining images and ending with a cool twist. When I wrote this piece, the spring sun had emerged from its “winter slumber”, signifying an end to winter. This piece, to me, is simply about winter transitioning into spring. I hope this haiku is an interesting and fun read.

 

Spring

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The dreary campus,
Drenched in rainfall,
Protects the lily patch

~ Timmy Smith


In this haiku, I used the technique of narrowing and expanding. This piece is an observation of a scene at Fenn. I noticed that the buildings sheltered the flowers, preventing the rain from drowning the newly sprouting flowers. I hope readers find this relationship as interesting as I did, and enjoy reading this haiku.

 

Summer

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As the light rises,
The darkness falls:
There is no balance

~ Timmy Smith


In this haiku, I implemented the technique of creating an image, adding an action, and ending with a cool twist. This haiku represents the fact that in life, especially  for humans, good and bad, and in this case, light and dark are rarely balanced. I hope that readers understand this message, and try to make an attempt to balance the good and bad in their lives.

 

Summer

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The orange haze,
High above the humid beach
Reflects upon the sea bed

~ Timmy Smith


In this haiku, I used the technique of creating two images, and adding a cool twist. After the winter, I always long for the summer. My longing inspired me to write this haiku about a beach sunset. To me, this piece is about how relaxed summer feels, but I hope readers are able to interpret this haiku in different ways, so they can make what they want of the piece.

 

Summer

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The rising sun
Wakes with the forest’s birds;
A wren cries out

~ Timmy Smith


I wrote this haiku using the technique of narrowing and expanding. Some of my fondest summer memories come in the early morning as the sun rises, so I used the broad idea of a sun rise, and narrowed it down to a wren singing, which fits into this piece. I hope this haiku speaks to the gentleness and calmness of the summer time.

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