The Good Karen — a haiku sequence
by Roberta Beary

down the road —
hands stitch hours into masks
laced with ribbon

morning stillness
gowned arms carry masks
asleep in boxes

whoops of laughter
stampedes of smiley dragons
mask little faces

across continents —
hands stitch hours into masks
laced with ribbon


NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: This haiku sequence reflects unsung heroes, such as my friend Karen who eschews the spotlight, and spends myriad hours crafting textiles to create and donate masks to those in need, including children.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Roberta Beary’s second collection of short poems, Carousel, is co-winner of the Snapshot Press 2019 book award contest. Her first short-form collection, The Unworn Necklace, received a finalist book award from the Poetry Society of America. Her collection of prose poetry, Deflection, was named a National Poetry Month Best Pick by Washington Independent Review of Books. A long-term editor at Modern Haiku, she lives in the west of Ireland with her husband, Frank Stella, and tweets her photoku and micro-poetry on Twitter @shortpoemz. Read more at her website or on Facebook.

Author portrait by Henry Denander