Haiku: For Rachel

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, December 2014).

Our thoughts are with Rachel’s family and friends at this difficult time.

Wishing you a peaceful and blessed week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/800 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 -1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/250 s – ISO 160.

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