Words are inadequate and I have little to add to the tributes that have flooded in for Hortensia Anderson. I offer two haiga in her memory and in gratitude for the beauty of her life and her poetry. The first is a collaboration between myself and my artist son, Owen. It’s a few months old, but it pretty much describes how I feel now that we have lost another fine poet. The second was my response to three consecutive prompts by Sheila Windsor, the current NaHaiWriMo prompter: ‘open’, ‘ink’ and ‘Hortensia’. I thank my daughter Amy for drawing the swift for me.




and in Hortensia’s own words:

I hold a slice
of freshly cut maple,
whether to lacquer the wood
or burn it to tracelessness

hortensia anderson
(Ribbons Tanka Cafe Winter 2011)


She will be greatly missed, but she has left us much to cherish.

A small sample of her work:

Contemporary Haibun Online

Haibun Today

The Plenitude of Emptiness

 The Plenitude of Emptiness (Hortensia Anderson blogspot)


May eternal peace be yours, Hortensia…


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Leslie Ihde
    May 23, 2012 @ 21:18:01

    Claire, the haiga you posted for Hortensia is very beautiful. Reading them gave me a little shudder of stillness and understanding. I never knew Hortensia, but I admire her poetry. Thank you for sharing.


    • Claire
      May 24, 2012 @ 07:16:03

      Leslie, thank you. I only knew Hortensia through her poetry and chats and comments on Facebook, but that was more than enough…she wrote like an angel and inspired so many. A poet’s poet.


  2. pamela a. babusci
    May 23, 2012 @ 21:36:09

    beautiful tribute for hortensia, claire!
    she will be greatly missed!!


    • Claire
      May 24, 2012 @ 07:18:11

      Thank you, Pamela. I can’t imagine how her loved ones must be feeling. She will be flying now in the next life, or unfolding her water lily light.


  3. Margaret Dornaus
    May 26, 2012 @ 17:17:02

    Lovely tributes, Claire . . . Particularly touched by “endless sky” . . . .


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