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Craig Overbeck
Poet

 


Buzzing up above
Cicadas in the treetops
Shower me with songs.


I love haiku because it's a cool challenge to capture an entire moment in 17 syllables. I often compose haiku in my head when I’m running. That’s how this one came about. I was running at Green Lakes, under the trees in July, and the cicadas provided the signing.

I'm an elementary school teacher and I do haiku with the kids. It helps them to focus and really look at something, instead of just rushing past. Then, when they actually put it into words, I hope they see it in a new way, and say, “Wow!”

 

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