Sikkim (haiku) Sequence




(Written by Maeve O’Sullivan on the month long retreat with Donal Creedon and Ringu Tulku Rinpoche at the Bodhicharya Retreat Centre, January 2017)

waxing wolf moon lighting the road to our retreat 


less cloudy today first sight of Kanchenjunga 



the new prayer flags

get their first blessing 


walking meditation…

the cream-coloured butterfly

circles me twice


sitting practice –

a gust of wind sets

the yellow curtains dancing 


mini prayer flags…

white stitching camouflaged 

by the syllable ‘ma’



lunchtime salad:

the spring onion turns out to be

a hot green chilli!


more complaints 

about the honey…

still the level goes down 


steep ascent to the gate – 

the only sounds the wind

and my beating heart


afternoon tea break…

strains of Bollywood music

floating uphill


sweeping steps –

her camera catches me

in a shaft of sunlight 


early morning song

of a Himalayan bird:

‘I’m over here. Here!’

Dubliner Maeve O’Sullivan’s work has been widely published and anthologised for twenty years. Her collections  poetry (Vocal Chords, 2014), are from Alba Publishing.


Maeve O’Sullivan’s new collection of haiku poetry, A Train Hurtles West, is available from the publisher, Alba Publishing ( 30% of profits go to Ringu Tulku Rinpoche’s charity Rigul Trust ( You can find Maeve on Twitter (@maeveos). Her blog post Why Haiku? is available here: bogmanscannon



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