Haibun: When Winter Takes A Friend


blue whippet in a winter jacket on snow covered path with trees and viewpoint shelter overlooking the water


We awake to a blanket of snows, a phonecall with news of your passing.  It feels as if we were friends before we met. I hope we can meet again somewhere among the stars, in a place where time is timeless.

journey home
angels will carry you
into peace

© Xenia Tran


black whippet in a winter jacket on snow covered beach looking up by the stones

For our dear friend Carol who passed away after a long battle with illness. Thank you for thirty years of friendship, laughter and rebel songs, for always wanting to help others and standing up for what you believe in. You will always be in our hearts.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx


Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, settings: f/2.8, 1/500 s, ISO 200.


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Author: whippetwisdom

The stories, poems and photographs on this blog are the original creative work of Xenia Tran. Inspired by life in the Scottish Highlands and in awe of nature she gives voice to the wisdom of her adopted and fostered whippets.

74 thoughts on “Haibun: When Winter Takes A Friend”

  1. I’m very sorry to hear about your sad news. I hope it was a peaceful crossing. It was the image that drew me here, a beautiful photograph of the path in the snow. I’m glad that it did, thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, her passing was sudden and peaceful. I was told she would not have been in any pain and that is a great comfort. She loved the natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands and she would have been delighted that you enjoy the scenery too :o)

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  2. Oh Xenia, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your friend. I am glad she would not have been in any pain. This is a beautiful haibun. I weep for you as I wept for a beloved friend who died suddenly from a long illness, three years ago. Take care of yourself. Prayers are with you. Hugs. Toni

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and prayers dear Toni. Carol was an amazing woman who ran a feline rescue for many years, you would have loved her. I am so sorry to hear about your friend too. Love and hugs from all of us here xxx


  3. I leave you this one thought to keep:
    I am with you still, I do not sleep.
    I am the thousand winds that blow,
    I am the diamond glints on snow.
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning’s hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of silent birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not think of me as gone.
    For I am with you still in each new dawn.

    – Native American Prayer

    With condolences on your loss.
    Cleave to your memories and golden moments, for what has passed will never change.
    To hold one in heart and memory, the nearest thing to immortality.

    Seek peace,


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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and for the beautiful prayer Paz. It rings so true and I see her everywhere in the natural world she so passionately cared and campaigned for. She would have loved this prayer. Wishing you peace too 💖 xxx

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Laurie 💜 I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dear friend and I can understand how you still miss her. I truly believe we all meet again one day and, like the Navajo Prayer in the comment from Paz, I feel the presence of the love that flowed through my friend all around me in nature 💜 xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind thoughts and prayers Sedi 💜 I am so sorry about the loss of your dearest friend. I think we are very blessed to have known these friends and will always carry their love in our hearts 💞 xxx

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