Thursday, May 29, 2014


Why stay dry when you can be

Wet? Soaking, gloriously rain-drenching wet
Thin rivulets of cold running through
steaming fabric, over ribs, over thighs, dripping
from wrists onto bundles of fast-wrinkling
books, into bags, into the parched thirsty ground

Until cracks fill with clay, drips become streams,
and earthworms rise in slow panic, reaching for air,
finding only the sharp beaks and grinding bellies
of gleeful red robins, or the tender hands of small children
on a mission to rescue who they can, god-kissed

Or, on the other hand,
you could always just use
your umbrella.

Rachel Westfall
May 29, 2014

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The wrong side of the bed

When the pot hit the ground she squirreled
to the side just in time to miss
getting her foot skewered by a shard
of terra cotta pottery, darkly smudged
with tetanus-rich soil, as her father
would have said, head shaking

And the pansies wept, their cheerful faces
mashed in a painful tangle of dirt
perlite and peat, while the sharp
scent of fertilizer pierced
the clear, cool air striped
by the morning sun

Rachel Westfall
May 15, 2014

Monday, May 5, 2014

A Sasquatch Tale for you

I'm excited to announce that my young daughter and I co-wrote and published a young adult novella! It's available through Amazon. Here's the blurb. If you get a chance to read it, please let me know what you think!

Estella of Halftree Village: A Sasquatch Tale

Published May 2, 2014
Scrappy Fox Press
By Rachel and Ursula Westfall
Contact: Rachel Westfall
Email: westfall.rachel @

Two generations ago, a handful of families fled the violence and poverty of the city to build a new life for themselves in the wilds.
Estella, born and raised in Halftree Village, finds herself caught between cultures when a team of sasquatch hunters arrives from the city. Myth becomes reality when she befriends a young sasquatch, and her village must tap into its remarkable resources to keep her hairy friend safe from harm.

About the authors

Avid readers and writers of fiction, Rachel and Ursula are a mother-daughter team living in Whitehorse, Yukon. When they aren’t writing stories, you will probably find them out in the bush somewhere, tromping around. They may or may not have befriended a sasquatch or two of their own.

Book availability (Kindle edition only, contact me for a print edition), (print and Kindle editions)
Print edition ISBN: 978-0-9937928-0-9
Kindle edition ISBN: 978-0-9937928-1-6