Roberta Beary English
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Roberta Beary, born in New York City, has lived in Europe and Asia. She is a lawyer in Washington, D.C. She began writing haiku in Tokyo where she lived between 1990-1995. She is a member of the Towpath Haiku Group (a group of haiku poets from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.).



early spring walk
your hand
in my pocket
first snow
at every window
a child's face
hands stained
with tiger lilies
all day this heat
not hearing it
til the cat stirs
picking strawberries
grandma's rolled up sleeves reveal
pale tattooed numbers
my son and i
counting fireflies
counting stars
piano practice
losing my place
to the roses
piano practice
in the room above me
my father shouting
turning away
from the pear tree ...
turning back
far from home
an empty swing
half my size

     (for Anita Virgil)

Author: Roberta Beary
Editor: Billie Wilson


"early spring walk": Included in "A Kind Neighbor," Haiku Society of America Members' Anthology (1997); included in "Snow on the Water: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku (1998)
"first snow": Published in "Haiku Happens," (1998)
"hands stained": Published in "South by Southeast," vol. 5 no. 1 (1998)
"not hearing it": Honorable Mention, National League American Pen Women Palomar Branch, Vol. 8 (1997)
"picking strawberries": Commended, International Haiku Contest (1994) in Commemoration of the 300th Anniversary of Matsuo Basho Contest, Haiku International Special Issue, Haiku International Association (1996)
"my son and i": First Prize, "Penumbra" (1999); included in "The Thin Curve: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku" (1999)
"piano practice": Second place, 5th Shiki Internet Haiku Contest (2000)
"piano practice": Published in "Woodnotes," No. 31 (1997); selected for "The Red Moon Anthology" (1997)
"turning away": 3rd Shiki Internet Haiku Contest; included in "Crinkled Sunshine," Haiku Society of America Members' Anthology (2000)
"far from home": Published in "Frogpond" XIX:3 (1996)


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