by Roberta Beary

insomnia —
the son she buried
inside my name

SOURCE: cattails Premier Edition (May 2014).

PHOTOGRAPH: The author and her dog, Winnie.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: My mother wanted sons. I was to be called Robert but my mother had to make do with Roberta; her hope for a son is something I carry with me always.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Roberta Beary‘s book The Unworn Necklace was named a William Carlos Williams Finalist by the Poetry Society of America in 2008, the first such honor for a book of haiku. A frequent judge of haiku and haibun contests, she travels worldwide to give workshops on the art of the short poem. She is an editor of Modern Haiku and a founding associate of The Haiku Foundation. Her most recent book Deflection is a collection of haibun and haiku sequences. She tweets her photoku @shortpoemz.