Category: Haiku

Deep Connection – A Haibun

Deep Connection

It’s been 20 years since that cold wintery day I had to let go of my Thoroughbred, Magnum.  He had been my friend, my team mate and my confidant for many years but sadly he had developed severe laminitis. A condition which made it difficult for him to walk, resulting in a life-ending decision.  

It was truly heartbreaking to have my vet come and euthanize my horse and I will always be grateful for his kindness and thoughtfulness in making arrangements to have the body removed while I was at work.  I think seeing it would have been too painful to watch.

Later in the day I returned to the stables to remove my tack and belongings.  I walked into Magnum’s stall one more time and looked out into the pasture.  Sitting just outside his stall was a cat as white as pure snow.  I had never seen it before and it just sat there and looked at me for a long time.  It held my gaze for what seemed like an age and then it just ran away.  I remember reading somewhere that white animals appear as spirit guides after a death.  Perhaps it was helping him on his way.

You look in my eyes
and see deep into my soul
knowing I need you
 
 
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Kim is hosting Monday Haibun at D’Verse Poets and has prompted us as follows:

This week, I would like you to write about a time when you last watched stars, a storm, the sea, an animal, or something else in nature that left you with a sense of wonder or awe. Aim to write no more than three tight paragraphs, followed by a traditional haiku that includes reference to a season.

Image by Madison Buening from Pixabay 

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