Motherhood & Words

Thank you, again, to everyone for submitting their wonderful haiku. I’m turning it over to Judge Laura to announce the winner:

Wow! As a past contestant in and fan of the previous two Mother Words Haiku contests, I was awed by this year’s entries. They were funny, touching, puzzling (let’s be honest, the genre DOES make everything a little extra pithy but cryptic), sincere… in a word, art! The readers of this blog can certainly turn a phrase. Here were my top 5, in no particular order:


my good old aunt flo
turned into a raging flood
no pad can contain


Meet Anxiety
Here to stay. And your chest? Like
deflated balloons.


What no one told me?
I would become my mother.
But that is o.k.


The dream where she is
suffocating beside me
never lasts all night.

But the grand winner is Pia, because her haiku made me smile and also cry a little, and because I thought it encompassed the theme (What No One Told Me) the very best of all:

My heart left my chest
In tiny jeans and t-shirt
Walks around, exposed

Congratulations to all who entered the contest—it was a tough race this year!


Thanks again to all contestants! And thank you, Laura, for being the judge! Pia, look for your $10 amazon gift card as an e-mail link.

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I have been teaching creative writing for almost twenty years. Reading about other women’s lives and experiences has expanded my world. To be able to walk in someone else’s shoes, whether it’s for a moment or an hour or a few days, is an incredible gift, providing me with insight into the human experience. It takes courage to write your truths, especially if it doesn’t seem as though anyone cares, as though anyone is listening. Let me tell you: your stories matter, I’m listening, and I’m here to help you find the heart of those truths, to get them down on the page, to craft them, and to send them out into the world. Together, we will change the world, one story at a time.


  1. Elizabeth on April 27, 2010 at 10:33 am

    I'm not a big fan of haiku, but I loved Pia's the best, too. Congratulations!

  2. Leightongirl on April 27, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Congratulations Pia!

  3. cath c on April 27, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Congratulations, pia!

  4. Pia on April 27, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    WOW! I am a little stunned! Thanks everyone, Thanks Kate and Thanks Laura.

    Who knew I could Haiku?


  5. onlyoublog on April 27, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    They're great, and I LOVE Pia's poem!! It's perfect!

  6. Sarah on April 29, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Wow, those are wonderful.