Haiku + Senryu

Haiku is a seasonal, reverent celebration of a subject (nature or people) trying to make a feeling.
Senryu tends to have a victim and may be humorous or irreverant trying to make a point.
- paraphrased from Michael Dylan Welch's Graceguts

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Staff/Walking Stick

This is Rachael Leahcar, a successful young contestant on the Australian version of The Voice.
After The Voice, she performed at the 2012 Myer Music Bowl Vision Australia Christmas concert.
(It was screened on TV, and this is my photo from the TV broadcast!)

Rachael has only 10 per cent of her vision left due to a degenerative eye condition called retinitis pigmentosa.
She does not want to be known as a blind person who can sing; she wants to be known as a singer who happens to be blind.
But she hopes for a change.

Below is her Blind Audition song - La Vie en Rose - that began her journey to the top!
(Blind in this case just means that the judges did not see her till they chose to turn their chairs around!)

My colours are numbed
But I hear and touch the world
With a white life line

Rachael walks with a white cane
RSB Ambassador Rachael Leahcar walking with a white cane
Credit for the above photo HERE

Linking to:
Carpe Diem ~ A Daily Haiku Meme ~ Staff/Walking Stick
Haiku My Heart Friday


Geraldine said...

what an inspiring story! wow.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Please link up your new haiku at Haiku My Heart at Recuerda Mi Corazon. Many of us are using last week's link so we can keep in touch. Hope to see you there!

Carol L McKenna said...

Powerful post and haiku ~ Wow!
Carol of: A Creative Harbor ^_^

Jazzbumpa said...

Beautifully done, Gemma.
An inspiring and touching story.


Lea said...

Gemma, may we all have such courage and dedication to sing our song despite what others might see as a limitation. Powerful post and haiku. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Your words are a wonderful take on the prompt! Lovely post!

kz said...

a truly inspiring story... i haven't been able to watch as much as i'd like to... thanks for sharing this :)

Kristjaan Panneman said...

Wow Gemma this is a wonderful haiku, a little tribute to that wonderful young singer.

Meenakshi Malhotra said...

I would say a very wise take on prompt, Gemma. I salute to people like her who do not make their disability a miserable excuse in life. I wish her eyesight is restored.

Beautiful haiku, I loved 'white lifeline'.

Brudberg said...

Wonderful story captured in your haiku.

Barbara said...

Beautiful post and tribute to a young girl bursting with courage and talent!

joanne said...

strong emotions elicited thru the story, photo and haiku....I would like to believe I would rise to such an occasion.....

Priti.Lisa said...

Beautiful voice, beautiful story.
And a bit of kismet...
this is the 3rd time a walking stick was written about this week.

eof777 said...

What a powerful story, song and accompanying haiku... Blessings to Rachael.

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