September Heights Day 30:  free.  The final day of September Heights, and I forgot my prepared haiku in the notebook at work.  Here’s my best attempt at recreating it.

a child’s potential

soars to incredible heights

free from prejudice

In honor of my beautiful Mushu, here’s an additional haiku for free.  The Sea Grace is a reference to the poem Mimi Foxmorton posted.

Mushu Houdini Barkenheimer
1 Jan 1999 – 29 Sep 2012

free from suffering

and cancer’s evil death grip

aboard the Sea Grace


Today is day 29 of September Heights.  The theme is battlefield.  I did plan a lovely picture from Gettysburg to be between the two haiku, but I’m on an ancient computer that had Mt. Dew spilled on is at some point, so that isn’t going to happen.  You’ll have to imagine that part.

the battlefield calls
too soon their soldier departs
sunshine masks scarred lives


once a battlefield
now monuments and statues
remember horrors



Cancer~the word itself causes the stomach to tighten, but she wasn’t surprised.  He was, after all, an old man. There was a family history.  The next one, however, was a kick in the gut.  This one was cut down in his prime.  A cruel disease killing its victims and maiming loved ones left behind.


Sorry to be such a downer, but this one is real.  First my almost 14-year-old dog was diagnosed, and five days later my 9-year-old cat was diagnosed.  It’s been a rough week, but they are both hanging in there for now.  Strangely, this is the closest cancer has come to me in real life.  Earlier this year, however, a bloggy friend was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Well, Marigold the goat is the bloggy friend, and it’s her Goatmother that was diagnosed. She’s bravely sharing this experience on the blog.  That’s when my mom and I made the “Butt the Hay Out of Cancer” blog button in my sidebar.  Since then, I’ve opened a zazzle shop, and real buttons were the first item in it.  Ten percent of the purchase price will be donated to cancer research.

I’m linking this to G-Man’s Friday Flash 55.