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Literally, haiku is a Japanese word that means "short verse." They are like "snapshots" of physical detail that evoke thought and emotion in the reader. Written in Japanese, it has a strict form of seventeen syllables arranged in three lines, 5-7-5. In English, haiku is written in a more "free style" way.

As Carole Mathys, whose haiku follows, said, the best way to read haiku is to return to it several times, each time allowing yourself leisure to visualize the scenes it depicts: the feelings it dramatizes, and then simply daydream. Haiku depends on the reader to fill in the details - it only sketches.. I once read that haiku poets recognize a certain "something" in unexpected situations, and are able to recreate small moments discovered in everyday living.



NEWS FLASH

Mainichi Daily News


Japanese newspaper
Judges' Comments:
In the year 2003, Ms. Carole Mathys got the first prize in the free style category. And this year, with her exquisite sensitivity she gazed into the changes of nature and finally captured a moment in life never to be repeated.
It's an amazing thing the same person was given first prize in two successive years. I think her feat is a first in the history of the Mainichi's "Haiku in English" column.
Last year Ms. Mathys wrote her submission successfully including the seasonal expression 'winter wind.'

winter wind
lifts the cats fur
then moves on ...
-- Carol Mathys (1st prize, 2003)

.......I hope she will catch a glimpse of the next true scene that nature benevolently scatters around. This might be a bright spring picture or a calm autumn image.
Ms. Mathys has been writing haiku for 13 years and her only rule to stick to is "to capture a moment in three lines."
And this year she tried the challenging 5-7-5 syllabic style and having a different seasonal phrase "a late summer breeze," she got the prize.

suddenly parting
billowed curtains releasing
a late summer breeze ...
--Carole Mathys USA (1st prize, 2004)


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In loving memory of my son,
Scott:

he lived life on the edge
hiding a gentle soul
behind blue eyes..


"Sorrow" (free style)



into the blinding sun
the funeral procession's
glaring headlights...

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at the open grave
mingling with the preachers prayers
the sounds of sorrow...

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during my grief
the sounds of children
playing outside...

© Carole Mathys


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"Seasonal" (free style)



a flash of lightning
the frog jumps
to the sounds of rain...

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snowflakes swirling
like dancing maidens
sky in white...

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a summer moon
resting unnoticed
in a birdbath...

© Carole Mathys

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"Sensual" (free style)



the breeze brought it
a moment of moonlight
stirring together in our sleep...

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the silk robe
floats to the floor
and puddles at her feet...

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your scent
swirling around me
like a soft scarf...

© Carole Mathys

warmed by her skin
the jade pendant glowed
her only adornment...

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the color
his kiss had left
blooming in her cheeks...

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a soft breeze
dances across your skin
like a lover's fingers...

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under a full moon
wearing nothing
but firelight and promises...

© Carole Mathys



at sunset a horse
drinking his own reflections
from a water pail...

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warm summer sunlight
reflecting on seagull wings
shadows in the sand...

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barefoot on the beach
their shadows blown behind them
like scarves in the wind...


© Carole Mathys


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two shadows touching
under a
hot July moon...

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entwined - I breathe
through a curtain
of your hair...

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the water continued
its trickling journey
down the couple's bodies...

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her sigh
filled his mouth
with warmth...

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a love
that time
will be still for...

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I sense
the shape of my body
by the absence of his...

© Carole Mathys

a warm breeze
moving over my skin
like the hands of a lover...

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flowing from him
surrounding me
love and warmth...

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my heart skipped a beat
and I knew
when all of me sighed...

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the shadow
of her falling hair
hiding his face..

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you kiss me goodbye
leaving me to carry your scent and touch
back into my dreams..

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winter rain
falls silently
like mosquito netting

© Carole Mathys





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behind the painted fan
dreaming of yesterdays
the lady smiles...
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hearing old songs
my mind takes flight
to greet a memory...
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sliding down her cheek
reflected in a tear
a golden sunset...
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alone
in the silence of the night
facing yourself...

© Carole Mathys

reality returns
illusions for sale
just - slightly used...
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cuddled around me
like comfortable pillows
smiling grandchildren...
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unguarded moments
seeing in my daughters
reflections of myself...

© Carole Mathys



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to catch a glimpse
shaped like a memory
standing in an empty doorway...



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outside the window
snow is silently falling
on winter trees...

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through the blinds
sliced a wedge
of moonlight...

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windows covered
by winters icy winds
in crystal flowers...

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against the window
night keeps pressing
it's dark face...

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candle flames
flutter and die
winter drafts...

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with the closing of the door
I start missing you
emptiness...

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in the snow
shadows like puddles
fill up the footprints

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two children raced
to the silhouette
walking under the street light...

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a cold winter wind
slips down a chimney
seeking warmth...

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the night left behind
several stars
to greet the dawn...

© Carole Mathys
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cold wind howling
old bones creaking
winter serenade...

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so few buffalo
where hundreds once roamed
a lonely sentinel...


© Carole Mathys
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a grey cat
disappears
into a downpour...

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gray skies
endless days of rain
waiting for spring...
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spring rain
between the wind chimes
thunder...

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trees hunched
over the road
keeping the rain out..
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the rain
covers the sounds
of tears...

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lace work rain
pecked away
at the ground...

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sheer wisps of fog
drifting through streets
floating like ghosts...

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twilight deepens
one last cast
between rain drops...

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fishing pole
idle
all winter...

© Carole Mathys
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tackle box
collecting dust
waiting for spring...

© Carole Mathys
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dressed in pink
spring arrives
one blossom at a time...

© Carole Mathys
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weighted blooms
patio blanketed
in pink...

Carole Mathys
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out there
in the clothes of a stranger
love awaits...


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hot summer nights
our shadows touching
in the moonlight..







shadows on the sand
watched by a solitary seagull
tide going out...

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in the sand my imprint
warmed by the sun
washed away by the sea...
© Carole Mathys

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Joyce Petrosky-Hale and Carole Mathys.
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