I am tremendously honored to have received First Prize in The Haiku Foundation‘s HaikuNow! Contest, in the Contemporary Division. You can read the haiku here (scroll down), along with Jim Kacian’s insightful comments on it.
Here’s the back story for the haiku:
Every day for two weeks, the last of my precious mother’s life, I visited my parents (both hospice patients at that point), in a skilled nursing facility in California. The heavy door clicked me in each morning, and out each evening. For the duration of that time, there was no other world for me but the one I was slowly losing. My mother died on February 1, 2008, and my father but a brief time later in Portland, on April 28th of the same year.