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Spring 2005, vol 3 no 1

Haibun ~ Kirsty Karkow and Ron Moss

Last Word

There is a mailbox on a beach in the Galapagos. Lonely men on clipper ships and working schooners make use of it when they drop anchor during circumnavigating voyages. Sailors travelling east leave mail for the ships travelling west to collect and carry home. And vice versa. Many months, and even years, may pass before a letter reaches its destination, if it gets there at all. A lesson in trust.

raging storm
her last word
still in his hand

Kirsty Karkow was born in England and spent much of her youth in Arizona, Trinidad and Barbados.

A resident of the coast of Maine, and Maryland before that, she has at times been a competitive dressage rider, an instructor in Tai Chi and a sculptor in stone and clay.

Active outdoors and with Hospice, Kirsty is married to Ed and they have two grown children.

Writing poetry is a consuming interest which she likens to a spiritual practice.


Ron Moss is a writer and artist who enjoys working in most Japanese forms. He is published in Australia and overseas in magazines such as Famous Reporter, Yellow Moon, Heron's Nest, Frogpond, World Haiku Review, Mainichi Daily News. He has received an honorary mention in the Japanese Suruga-Baika Literary Festival and a second place in the 7th Mainichi Daily News haiku competition.

His Haiga have been published in Red Moon's Haibun Anthology, World Haiku Review, Paper Wasp, HaikuHut's Short Stuff and soon to be published edition of Reeds. He's a member of Watersmeet Haiku Group in Hobart, Tasmania; the World Haiku Association; and the World Haiku Club. He has won first prizes in Yellow Moon's international competition in Haiku, Haibun, Renga and placings in Tanka.

He lives at Leslie Vale, Tasmania with his wife Sharon. He is also a volunteer firefighter and an officer at his local fire brigade.

Ron was recently interviewed on the NPAC website after winning successive Gold Medals for haiga. To read it click on Interview.

To see more of Ron's work, go to his website: A world of Images and words

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