Haibun: Missing in Hamburg


two whippets in winter jackets sniffing seaweed near mouth of the river


It is twelve days ago today that a young man from these parts went missing. The timeless sky reflected in the water are part of the landscape he might still know as home. Concern is growing that he does not remember how to get back here. The small number of witness sightings since he disappeared speak of a man who seems confused and alone. It was meant to be a fun trip he had organised for his brother. With plans for meals, bars and drinks, a game of five-a-side football. He would not willingly abandon that. He would be in touch if he knew how to. If you are in Hamburg please look out for his face in the crowd.

a long way from home
snow is melting

Β© Xenia Tran


Missing in Hamburg Liam Colgan Poster


29 year old Inverness man Liam Colgan went missing in the early hours of 10th February 2018 during the stag-party he had organised for his brother Eamonn. There have been a few sightings of him since and witnesses describe seeing a man who looked lost and alone. It is possible he is suffering from memory loss. His family are close-knit and anxious to find him and bring him home. They all believe that he would have contacted them if he knew how to.

If you are in Germany and you recognise Liam from the photograph please contact Hamburg Police on 040 4286 56789.

If you are in Hamburg and wish to help with daily searches please text German cellphone 01766 5939791 (+4917665939791).

In the UK, the Lucie Blackman Trust is helping with the investigation. If you have any mobile phone images where Liam may appear in the background or CCTV images please contact them via email: ops@lbtrust.org or via telephone 0800 098 8485 (freephone from the UK, from abroad please dial +44 800 098 8485).

For more details and photographs please visit the Help Find Liam Facebook Page.

Any information, however insignificant, may help to reunite him with his family and bring him home.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx


Photograph of Eivor and Pearl by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/500 s, ISO 100.

Missing Poster created for sharing by Liam Colgan’s family with assistance from Police Hamburg.


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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 two rescue whippets Eivor and Pearl.

78 thoughts on “Haibun: Missing in Hamburg”

    1. Thank you for your kind words Kim πŸ’– Poetry speaks to a different part of the brain and it may trigger a memory for someone. I also wanted to share beyond Twitter and the usual hashtags for the campaign, just in case it helps. I will keep you posted πŸ’œ xxx

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    1. I am so sorry to hear about your son’s wife missing relative Beverly. John Lordon from LordanArts.com has a YouTube channel called Brainscratch Searchlight where he features appeals for missing persons. He may be able to help the family spread the word. His video about Liam was very well put together. Like you, I hope both these young people are found safe and well πŸ’œ xxx


    1. Thank you Candy, you are right in picking that up. There is a lot of concern as the temperatures are dropping in Hamburg and everyone who knows Liam says he would have been in touch if he was able too. We continue to pray for a good outcome and I have asked our dog walking friends in Hamburg to keep an eye out too πŸ’œ xxx

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    1. Thank you for your kind words LuAnne πŸ’œ So many people are joining the search, sharing the appeal and are praying for his safe return. It is very hard on the family and at the same time they know they are not alone. They asked for help and the response has been heart-warming. Hopefully this will encourage anyone in a similar situation to ask for help too πŸ’– xxx

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