Mary Fran Meer

Kirkland, Washington

Mary Fran Meer grew up in Illinois, attended Northwestern University, and worked in the Chicago area before moving to Washington. She was the first Northwest regional coordinator, in 1993 and 1994, when Haiku Northwest became a region of the Haiku Society of America. She helped establish our regional anthology tradition with the publication of Echoes Across the Cascades, which included poems from HSA members living in Washington and Oregon. Her collection of haiku, Wooing the Meadowlark, was published in 1997. She lives in Kirkland, near her family.

white against white
the crocus breaks through
the winter crust

the barn kitten
fills a patch of sunlight
on the hayloft floor

        flies by
in a flock of geese

faint strains
    float over the teahouse
        silken koto strings

a spent leaf
on the spider's loose thread