Writing the Distance: Katherine Haghighi

The Covid 19 pandemic is isolating Alaskan writers. We can no longer attend workshops or public readings. The coffee bars where we met with other writers are closed. To bridge these physical gaps, 49 Writers is providing this on-line forum for Alaskans writing the distance. Today Katherine Haghighi measures the lilt of the wind.

On the Lilt of the Wind

You probably won’t see it
as clearly as it travels
towards you,
the receiver,
on the lilt of the wind.

It is scripted on the flag,
centuries old, maybe more,
and lifted as the unseen breeze travels
through the weaves of cotton,
dancing at speeds determined by
pressures high and low.

Your cheek will be kissed
as the breath announces the
arrival of the words of a prayer
gifted to you.

It may reach you standing still
entering as you inhale the
freshness of the spring
or announce itself as a gust
as if to grab attention from the count of the day.

Receive it as you may from my land to yours
and take from it what you will.
Breathe it in without fear and know that
tomorrow will announce
yet another invisible current that carries
a litany to grace the moment.

You probably won’t see it
as clearly as it travels
towards you,
the receiver,
on the lilt of the wind.


Katherine Haghighi lives and writes in Anchorage.

12 thoughts on “Writing the Distance: Katherine Haghighi”

  1. Kathy, this is beautiful. May I share it with your credit on my fb page? Stay at peace and stay healthy.

  2. Pamela Quarles-Adams

    What an uplifting and poignant piece!
    You are so talented and beautiful, inside and out!

  3. Beautifully done Kathy! ????????????Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts in poem. Brava!
    Best in all you do next!????????

  4. I felt the kiss
    The wind – on my cheek
    All the way across the world
    Thank you

    (In Australia)

  5. I can’t get this poem out of my mind, “On the Lilt of the Wind!” Thank you Katherine for writing such beautiful words, words that help me to stop and reflect on life, appreciate this moment, words that moved my soul!

  6. Katherine, this is a strikingly beautiful poem. It’s gentleness and carressive nature wrapped itself around my heart. Thank you for the reminder of the Quiet Presence.

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