Chrissi Villa is one of the sweetest, gentlest spirits I have come across in a very long time. A recent widow, she’s begun writing a series of tanka prose about the loss of her husband as a way of dealing with her grief. (She’ll be reading some of them on “Healing Conversations with Mildred Lynn,” a call-in radio show, Nov. 4.) So when she approached me about sharing one of these yet-to-be-published pieces for my All Souls tribute week, I happily complied. More than that, I felt honored. The only problem for me was choosing just one of the four stunning works she submitted. Ultimately, I chose this one:
Lately, I’ve found solace in my garden. Before, I hated getting my hands dirty or my nose itchy from the soil or plants around me. I’m so glad I recently discovered the healing effects of touching the ground, of replanting succulents that don’t just die on me, of patiently waiting for them to grow in their own time. I look forward to having a one-on-one conversation with my plants every day. It keeps me out of the house, from feeling his absence too much. Deep down I know I feel closer to him in my garden where everything breathes and grows.
nobody fills up
the birdbath . . .
the blue jay and I
thirsty for you
Chrissi’s song here is indeed beautiful.
Thanks, Maggie. Have enjoyed everyone’s poems here in this series of yours.
Thank you, Janet! I’ve so enjoyed having the opportunity to showcase so many diverse and wonderful voices on my blog during this past week or so.
What a pleasure . . .
Thank you for the wonderful introduction and for the opportunity to share here on your blog. All the poems here are beautiful! ❤
You are so welcome, Chrissi. I’m so happy that you’re pleased with the post!
P.S. I forgot to link you to your blog. Will do that now!
..ever so poignant…
Hi, Margaret, I’m Tad Wojnicki and I’m co-editor (with my wife Iyza) of the haiku magazine, Writers & Lovers Café,,, We’re going to reprint this beautiful Chrissi’s tanka prose you’ve published on your blog,,, I hope it’s OK! Maybe we could come up with other ways of working together?
Great! It is a beautiful piece, isn’t it? I’m so glad Chrissi’s been able to channel her grief through such beautiful poetry.