Haibun: When Boats are Sleeping


hull of a boat upside down on a trailer in fenced boat park by the bay


We walk together, three times a day. In Winter our first walk is at first light, the sun rising slowly between houses and chimneys, above the lowest of dunes. Now, on this first day of May, every walk is in daylight. Mornings are peaceful. Boats are still sleeping on grass wet with dew. This is where poems find me.

behind paw prints in deep sand
gorse blooms

Β© Xenia Tran


blue whippet running on the beach with a yellow ball


footsteps and paw prints in deep sand on beach

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx


Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4, 1/1600 s, ISO 100 and f/2.8, 1/2000 s, ISO 100.


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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.

42 thoughts on “Haibun: When Boats are Sleeping”

  1. Dunes have magic of their own. Mark and I visited white sand dunes in the middle of the desert last weekend. Your last photo reminds me of that outing. I hope to blog about it and post photos soon. Hiking 8km up and down these pristine hills in fine, white sand was an experience. We often thought our dogs would have loved it. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you Liesbet, that sounds like an amazing hike! Our dunes are not very high and the deep sand tires Eivor and Pearl out very quickly. I look forward to seeing your post and the photographs soon, much love to you and Mark from all of us here :o) xxx

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  2. A beautiful descriptive write Xania- the boats sleeping is lovely.
    Your four-legged friends bring you much joy it seems, and I’m sure you them.
    Anna :o]

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