Haibun: A Prayer For Las Vegas


autumn leaves and berries in the rain


The tail of hurricane Maria has arrived. With strong winds and heavy showers we seek our shelter among the trees and stay here for an hour. The smells of Autumn fill the air. Among the green and gold we see the reds of berries. The soil is slippy underfoot and we are careful where we place our feet.

even the clouds
shedding tears for Vegas
one world

© Xenia Tran


Black whippet in black raincoat by River Lundy flowing through the glen


Our hearts go out to the people of Las Vegas. It is hard to comprehend how something like this can happen. We have been given the gift of life to live on this beautiful earth. An earth that keeps on giving. Today, more stories have emerged. Stories of love, of courage, of people saving lives while giving up their own. We pause here by the river. Even though the water flows at speed her energy is soothing. The river wants to give. The trees want us to heal.

water’s music
among the green and gold
a loving light

© Xenia Tran


River Lundy flowing through the glen

Our thoughts and prayers are with all the people affected by what happened in Las Vegas, their family and friends and all the people from the emergency services who are doing an amazing job.

two whippets in black rain coats

With love to you all from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx


Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, settings: iA and Landscape, 1/160 s, ISO-Auto.


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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.

80 thoughts on “Haibun: A Prayer For Las Vegas”

  1. Yes, lovely words and nature often brings solace. For the past year, it has been such a hard time for this country, but seeing those beautiful dogs always cheers me up.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Laurie 💜 Our hearts go out to the people who have been affected every time something happens. I have never known a time like this when those in positions of power with the ability to change things for the better continue to be unwilling to do so. The majority of people, animals and nature continue to show what is good about life and I am grateful for what I can share here through our images and stories. It is lovely to know that Eivor and Pearl help to cheer you up. They send you their love and want you to continue to enjoy all that is good about life ☺💖 xxx

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      1. Your words describe the situation perfectly. The leadership in this country is so bad, so wretched, that I hardly have words to describe it. But thank goodness for Eivor and Pearl and all the words and images from my other blogging friends.

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  2. SAdly.. True.. my friEnd for tHeRe
    is Maria and Jose
    who moreover
    takes a taLe of
    Maria ever closer now
    Your way.. Xenia.. in Scotland
    Highlands now2 wHeRe Whippets
    Wear raincoats saving fur
    from drench and surely
    after that dismay
    of destruction
    as rain
    in shots
    blood more now too..
    Spell Darkness of Humanity
    With CourAge of HELping Hands
    wHo Raise We all up Toward Love
    For NoW is Nate groWing Gulf ‘Gift
    of God’ in Tropical Rains and distributing Heat
    from Human Hands of Heating Gulf and Oceans too..
    For it is true we Humans Create Love As A Arm Karma
    or that other place
    now.. away from
    Hope in
    As Callous
    Arms of Kill as Hate..
    the Storms are heAR
    STiLL ArriVinG LovELiVeS oN..:)

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