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A Hundred Gourds 3:1 December 2013
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| Introduction | page 2 | page 3 | page 4 |


In Memoriam

The Sound of Grey


As the old song goes, into each life some rain must fall, and Lary experienced her share of sorrow as well as joy, just like the rest of us. Perhaps this is why haiku that include emotion, either directly or through metaphor, resonate so well with readers.

almost payday
the wind tugs at
my pocket
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  driveway puddle –
ripples from last night’s
argument
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    family reunion …
patches of fog
on the horizon
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Without a doubt, my favourites among the hundreds of Lary’s published haiku are those which speak to such struggles. As poets, we often explore the accompanying emotions through our writing, and Lary does so without resorting to self-pity or sentimentality. Instead, she presents readers with clear images, simple vocabulary, and just enough distance between her emotions and the poem to allow us to step into the haiku and take them on as our own.

the distance
light reflects …
his last goodbye
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  dust to dust
a white butterfly
bridges the gap
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    where is it now –
the wind that took
his ashes?
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hoarfrost –
the letter I don’t want
to write
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  hospital sheets
the moment when now
changes shape
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    so much bareness …
trying to write my way
out of winter
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biopsy …
but just for today
cherry blossoms
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  starry sky …
wondering if I want
the answers
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    autumn dusk
a leaf falls into
the sound of grey
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All of Laryalee Fraser’s poems and photo-work are published with the permission of the copyright holder, Lary’s daughter, Stephanie McIntosh. Lary Fraser's photo, courtesy of Tricia Fraser.

First published AHG 3.1, December 2013

p2 – painting
p2 – healthy eating
p2 – summer solstice
p2 – the heat wave
p2 – morning shadows
p3 – earthquake coverage
p3 – apple harvest
p3 – election day
p3 – midday mosquito
p3 – late summer
p4 – starry sky

Previously Published Haiku and Haiga

p2 – ten ducklings – Mainichi Daily News May 2005
p2 – tug of her hand – The Heron’s Nest 7:3, 2007
p2 – early snowfall – Chrysanthemum 1:1, 2007
p2 – deep chill – Simply Haiku 7:4, 2009
p2 – snowdrops – Simply Haiku (haibun) 7:2, 2009
p2 – spadeful of earth – World Haiku Review 5:1, 2005
p2 – the wiggle – Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Contest Sakura Award (HM), 2007
p2 – first night out – The Heron’s 11:3, 2009
p2 – thunderclap – Haiku Harvest 6:1, 2006
p2 – between the sky – Mainichi Daily News November 2006
p2 – sudden buzz – Sketchbook 4:2, 2009
p3 – election promises – Haiku News May 28/12
p3 – first violets – Haiku News June 11/12
p3 – this cold night – The Heron’s Nest 11:1, 2009
p3 – another oil spill – Haiga Online 8:2, 2007
p3 – spring equinox – Simply Haiku 4:3, 2006
p3 – planting the beans – Ambrosia #4, 2009
p3 – mother-in-law – Shiki Internet Kukai 1st place, July 2006
p3 – new fishing rod – Shiki Internet Kukai 3rd place, February 2005
p3 – bristled pine – Simply Haiku 2:2, 2004
p3 – how did Santa know – f/k/a Dec 22/08
p4 – almost payday – Simply Haiku 4:3, 2006
p4 – driveway puddle – Roadrunner VI:2, May 2006
p4 – family reunion – The Heron’s Nest V6 N10, 2004
p4 – the distance – Simply Haiku 7:4, 2009
p4 – dust to dust – Mainichi Daily News 2nd place in Annual Selection, 2005
p4 – where is it now – Chrysanthemum 1:2, 2007
p4 – hoarfrost – Notes from the Gean 1:3, 2009
p4 – hospital sheets – Simply Haiku 5:1, 2007
p4 – so much bareness – Simply Haiku 7:4, 2009
p4 – biopsy – Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Contest 1st place, 2010
p4 – autumn dusk – Mainichi Daily News October 2007
p4 – drift of daylight – Haiga Online 7:2, 2006



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