Chrissi’s song . . .

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.

this morning
nobody fills up
the birdbath . . .
the blue jay and I
thirsty for you


About Margaret Dornaus

I’m a writer and a teacher, as well as a haiku-doodler. I live in a beautiful woodland setting, surrounded by native oak forests, that inspires me to record haiku snapshots of luna moths and our resident roadrunner, and even an occasional black bear as it hightails it across the top of my road, my mongrel dog barking at its heels as I watch with wonder. My work as a travel writer has appeared in publications from The Dallas Morning News to the Robb Report. You can find examples of my travel writing–as well as excerpts from a travel memoir I’m working on–at my other WordPress site, Travelin’ On. What more than that do you need to know? Only that I started this blog with an eye toward collaboration. Got a haiku? Send it my way. . . . I’m all about new visions & voices. Best, Margaret
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7 Responses to Chrissi’s song . . .

  1. janetld says:

    Chrissi’s song here is indeed beautiful.

    Thanks, Maggie. Have enjoyed everyone’s poems here in this series of yours.

  2. Chrissi says:

    Thank you for the wonderful introduction and for the opportunity to share here on your blog. All the poems here are beautiful! ❤

  3. tadwojnicki says:

    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?

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