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Haiku: For Rachel

#Haiku Happenings #1 (1/29/19): Xenia Tran’s latest haiku for my current #haikai challenge!

Whippet Wisdom - a Highland Journey

close up portrait of a mature black whippet in a winter jacket

morning sun
stroking its warmth
through the old dog’s fur

© Rachel Sutcliffe (1977-2019)

so little time
before your winter
this early silence

© Xenia Tran

a blue whippet in a maroon winter jacket striding out along the loch shore

lost in the valley
listening for the river
to guide us home

© Rachel Sutcliffe (1977-2019)

water ripples
your courage touched
the hearts of many

© Xenia Tran

waves from the loch rippling towards the shore where the burn flows

journey home
angels carry you
into peace

© Xenia Tran

We were very sad to learn of fellow poet and blogger Rachel Sutcliffe‘s passing last Thursday after a long battle with illness. Writing has been a therapeutic outlet for her and she was an inspiration to many, including myself.

Frank J Tassone on his Haijin in Action Blog invites us to select our favourite haikai by Rachel and write a haiku that honours her spirit as a tribute. I chose ‘morning sun’ (Heron’s Nest XVI:3, September 2014) and ‘lost in the valley’ (A Hundred Gourds 4:1…

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