Thought process behind Volume III of You In Haiku

I’ve been throwing around the idea that I would do a haiku series dedicated to millennial romance and volume III of the You In Haiku poetry series provides a glimpse of that. Originally, I initially thought about focusing on what it’s like to live with curly hair as an Asian woman in my most recent post. Instead, I decided that for my writing submission for ‘The Edit’ by New York Times, it was time to be candid and open about something that was even more true and relatable: what it’s like to be in a relationship as a millennial.

I find that I continually explore questions around unrequited love, and love that is uncertain. Love that is barely there and almost there, but we all know that almost doesn’t count.

Read below my latest haikus.

You In Haiku Poetry Series by Rosie Chuong | Volume II

Could you be tender
to my greatest fault: being
deep in love with you?
– Rosie Chuong

You In Haiku Poetry Series by Rosie Chuong | Volume II

No matter how long
you stay, I’ll write about you
for eternity.
– Rosie Chuong

You In Haiku Poetry Series by Rosie Chuong | Volume II

An avoided thought:
to begin being in love
with someone again.
– Rosie Chuong

You In Haiku Poetry Series by Rosie Chuong | Volume II

The more we fall in
love, we begin to become
better as lovers.
– Rosie Chuong

You In Haiku Poetry Series by Rosie Chuong | Volume II

Your sunlight glitters
the earth like the endless dog
days of summertime
– Rosie Chuong

You In Haiku Poetry Series by Rosie Chuong | Volume II

A powerful and
yet vulnerable command:
stay. Please stay with me.
– Rosie Chuong

You In Haiku Poetry Series by Rosie Chuong | Volume II

I expose myself
most when I ask you, “When will
I see you again?”
– Rosie Chuong

You In Haiku Poetry Series by Rosie Chuong | Volume II

Millennial love:
does he love me or does he
love me not? Can’t tell…
– Rosie Chuong

You In Haiku Poetry Series by Rosie Chuong | Volume II

If you could find a
way to let me in, I could
find a way to stay.
– Rosie Chuong

You In Haiku Poetry Series by Rosie Chuong | Volume II

How the sun smiles
on my skin as it greets me,
“Good morning!” Pure love.
– Rosie Chuong

Read more haikus from this poetry series here.