Thrilled to announce my haibun ‘After Long Absence’ received a Touchstone Award from The Haiku Foundation.
Many thanks to the awards panel and congratulations to my co-winners, poets Lew Watts and Alan Peat.
After Long Absence
the wrinkles on your face have as many different patterns as a snowflake.
a snowflake falls between us signaling a change in the temperature like an avalanche brewing in the teapot.
in the teapot you gave me so many Christmases ago I save the letters you wrote when you loved me.
when you loved me the weather didn’t matter because every day was a rainbow made of angel wings.
angel wings on the snow-covered ground form a pattern made by children.
children we always meant to have.
a part of me
—Roberta Beary, Contemporary Haibun Online 18.3