Volume 1, Number 2, August 2003


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Kirsty Karkow

I had used up half my life before finding haiku or haiku found me. So much to learn, so little time. Such fun! I was born in London and raised in the British West Indies and on a small ranch my American mother had homesteaded in Arizona.

My husband and I have retired to the coast of Maine. The country and water are beautiful and we spend as much time as we can outside hiking, sailing, kayaking, etc. It is a wonderful life and a wonderful time for haiku.

Kirsty has had haiku published in 6 countries, many journals, and some anthologies. Others have been successful in competitions. She feels very fortunate that her haiku have won the RH Blyth Award in 2002 and International Division of the Mainichi Contest in 2003.


rising sun
a cardinal serenade
from naked branches

a primrose
touched by morning sun
my daughter's smile

distant highway
the salt marsh humming
with bumble bees

shimmering heat
the merry-go-round
slows to a stop


slow-rising sun
the old oak yellows
branch by branch

Kirsty Karkow
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