Haibun: The Sound Of Love

black whippet running with a green ball on tidal sands

The town’s population has almost doubled this Easter break. Big smiles on pale faces tell us who escaped from city life. They are prepared for all manner of Scottish weather and delighted to see the sun.

“Who’s this little Speedy Gonzalez then!” says a bearded man in a Glaswegian accent. Eivor looks deep into the man’s eyes. He does not understand the words. He understands the energy and warmth behind them and touches the man’s hand with his nose.

energy of love
in timbre of a warm voice
the universe sings

Β© Xenia Tran

blue whippet running on tidal sands with a pink ball

Lillian at dVerse invites us to incorporate the song title of a top song from the year we were born into a poem, or from when we were between five and ten years old. A month after I was born ‘Speedy Gonzalez’ by Pat Boon was number one in the Dutch charts and held its position there for four weeks. I had to smile when I saw this as several people have referred to Eivor as ‘Speedy Gonzalez’ over time.

When I was ten years old a Dutch ‘prog-rock’ band called Kayak appeared on the scene and performed a song on television called ‘See See The Sun’. I did not speak any English at the time and could not understand a single word, yet to me it seemed they were channelling something very special from a place much bigger than I could ever imagine.

Below is a video clip where Kayak bring us an emotional rendition of ‘See See The Sun’ at Paradiso in Amsterdam during a tribute concert for Pim Koopman, a founder member of the band, who had passed away the previous year.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, setting: Action, 1/800 s.


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Author: whippetwisdom

The stories, poems and photographs on this blog are the original creative work of Xenia Tran. Inspired by life in the Scottish Highlands and in awe of nature she gives voice to the wisdom of her adopted and fostered whippets.

53 thoughts on “Haibun: The Sound Of Love”

  1. Andale andale Arriba Arriba epa epa yeehaw to the speedy Gonzales. πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–
    I was thinking about speedy gonzales’ dialogue this morning and I check WP now to find you write about speedy Gonzales. πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
    Much love and hugs to the speedy Gonzales, princess pearl and Xenia πŸ™‚πŸ™‚

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  2. This is a lovely haibun. And oh yes….having had two German Shepherds for many many years; and then two standard poodles for years more….I know well how dogs respond to the tenor of your voice. You can recite the alphabet to them in a very harsh way and they’ll cower as if being scolded; or recite in a very upbeat excited happy way and their tails will wag like crazy. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the memories here of those days long past.
    I very much appreciate your explanation here of the songs…..and the video is wonderful.
    So very glad you posted for this prompt! Thank you!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Lillian and for taking us down memory lane with your wonderful prompt. The love that carries words and songs are so tangible and dogs and children are extra sensitive to the energy. Being able to understand the lyrics of ‘See See The Sun’ today has made me see even more why I loved this song so much as a child xxx

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  3. What a fun poem and such a wonderful video. I do not remember Speedy Gonzalez except as the character in the looney tunes cartoons. Fun poem! Love to Eivor and Pearl and to you as well. Happy blessed Easter/

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      1. Thank you Frank! The Happiness Engineers at WordPress seem to have fixed the problem so hopefully all is back to normal now. Thank you again for your help and we wish you and your family a very Happy Easter :o)

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  4. SMiLes.. my FriEnd.. Xenia.. while
    now most of the mammals on eArth..
    WeLL.. actuAlly.. all of the animals oN
    EARTh except hUman Mammals.. ‘see’
    Song and Non-Verbal Language iN
    Chords of Voice over words of
    course NoW as MusiC Equals
    SonG Equals Voice of
    of thaT EmoTioN NoW
    As spiRit SinGS oN aS Words too..
    And Dance of Non-Verbal Language
    even more.. With Surely Whales and
    Dolphins and Dogs heArinG and
    SinGinG hiGher notes of Spirit
    heArT.. wHeRe soUL comes
    aLiVe for a wet nose
    or flipper extending
    A HeARt FeLT connection
    as oxytocin Love come alive..
    in social bonding Force of Puppy Love..
    it’s true.. so.. sadly.. i must admit i have known
    some Dogs more human than the two footed variety at times.. my friEnd..
    AnyWay.. Dogs and other Mammals are not bound by words to miss A SonG oF heART..:)

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    1. Thank you my FRiEnD Fred for your wonderful words from the heart. ‘Dogs and other Mammals are not bound by words to miss A SonG oF heART’ is so beautiful! Sending you smiles across the miles dear friend and wishing you and Katrina a very blessed Easter :o) xxx

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