Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Haiku For Doyle

Recently, I purchased a most inspiring book by artist Quinn McDonald, entitled "Raw Art Journaling: Making Meaning, Making Art."  One of her many ideas to help bring forth the creative juices involves composing a haiku (a Japanese form of poetry consisting of three lines, each of which contains 5, 7, and 5 syllables) and doodling imaginatively around the perimeter of it.  
On an unusually warm October day, I sat on the front porch with our dog, Doyle, and this little tribute spilled out in a matter of minutes.  (The second line is a phrase borrowed from my dear friend, Ellen.)  Adding Zentangles around the poem turned into a meditative endeavor that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Some of you already know that Doyle was diagnosed with lymphoma back in January, and about two weeks ago we said "goodbye" to our beloved friend and constant companion.  We have consoled ourselves with the belief that he had a great life while he was here; he brought us boundless joy and unconditional love, and we will be forever grateful that he came into our lives.
And I will miss him more than I can say.


Quilt Rat said...

oh Diane.......I am SO sorry for your loss, I know how difficult it is to have to say goodbye to such a wonderful friend. Those four legged friends are the BEST, they never question us, only want to spend time with us no matter what we are doing, how we look, they just LOVE us!
I am sure Doyle knew he was a lucky pup to spend his days in your company.

Diane Wright said...

Oh, those furry, four-footed friends do find places in our hearts. I'm sorry that you lost your buddy. I know how painful that is...console yourself with memories.

The haiku is a terrific sentiment...and the zentangles make a very beautiful tribute.

Terri Stegmiller said...

I'm so sad to hear about your loss, Diane. Doyle was a lucky dog to have you for his forever home. Hugs!

Robbie said...

We too lost our best friend this year in Sept. I was and still am heartbroken...I don't think the hurt will ever go away. I have tears in my eyes as I type this note to you. We did get a new member of the family 3 days later and she's creating her own spot in our hearts! Again, I am so sorry for your loss too but you have all those years and memories to hold on.

Marilyn Rock said...

I love this approach to journaling and yours is so meaningful and expressive. I, to this day, have a huge hole in my heart from the loss of our Katie dog and it's been awhile.

If we keep expressing our feelings in our artistic way, we can keep the wonderful memories of our best friends alive in us and through us.

Thoughts of you.....Marilyn

MooseStash Quilting said...

Our pets can mean more than "some" people in our lives. It's a beautiful tribute to a beautiful dog.

Pat Spillane said...

This post brought me tears - I know how much you lost when Doyle left you to rest forever. What a beautiful tribute to him, and what a lovely way to unleash the heartache of losing a devoted furry friend.
So grateful for having met and known him a bit.... a truly happy fella' in your home.

Marlaine said...

So sorry to hear about Doyle. Take comfort in the memories of the wonderful times you shared with him. And what a beautiful artisitic tribute to what I imagine was an exceptional dog.

The Dotty One said...

Diane - I am so sorry to hear about your loss. That is very sad news. Your haiku is beautiful - I hope you found it therapeutic xx

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Diane. Your poetry and painting was a lovely tribute to the furry member of your family. I really enjoyed seeing you on the YouTube video. Very inspiring!
best from Tunisia,

tangled stitch said...

Hi Diane! I'm so sorry about your Doyle. Dogs really are our best friends. It is a lovely picture of the two of you! Best wishes for the holiday!

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