Haibun: This World We Sail In

Glen Affric

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket climbing a hill on a forest trail

There are so many ways to climb the hill. Stone steps are here for those who stride big, who like something solid underfoot. I prefer to take smaller steps, feel the soil between my toes, the earth’s heartbeat.

may flowers
this forest speaks of growing
your own star

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in black jackets on a forest trail with stone steps and exposed tree roots

We pause to read messages left here by the deer, hear the swish of dippers’ wings above the flowing waters. It’s in the silence, where we hear our guidance speak.

this world we sail in
the water on the outside
spurs the dream

© Xenia Tran

the water flowing down Plodda Falls in Glen Affric in spring

This is our final post in the current Glen Affric series, a beautiful nature reserve in the Scottish Highlands.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/60 s – ISO 200, f/2.8 – 1/160 s – ISO 100 and f/8 – 1/25 s – ISO 100.

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This double haibun features as two separate poems in Between Heather and Grass. If you haven’t read the book yet, feel free to take a peek inside:

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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.

55 thoughts on “Haibun: This World We Sail In”

  1. What a treat this is has been! And “The world we sail in” is evocative and beautiful. Two novels from now, I will be writing a book called “Little Sister’s Dream,” and I will be keeping those words in mind.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Laurie and for sailing along with us here! 💜 ‘Little Sister’s Dream’ sounds like a lovely title for a book and I look forward to reading more of your wonderful writings 🙂💖 xxx

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  2. I’ve enjoyed your images of Glen Affric very much, with the wonderful verses accompanying them 💚 They’ve been a delight. Much love to you all and have a great weekend 🤗🐕xxx

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  3. You wrote, “It’s in the silence, where we hear our guidance speak. ” And it’s so true. But your words break the silence – and this series has spoken to my heart. Thank you for sharing Glen Affric with us. ❤

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Jan and for walking along with us 💜 It’s lovely to hear that this place, in capturing our hearts, speaks to your heart too. It’s been a true blessing to walk here 🙂🐾💖🐾 xxx

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  4. Ah, a verdant stroll through Glen Affric; I feel as if I walked whippet-wise at your side. This/these haibun+ images are some of your best work; the haiku are stunning.

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  5. A beautiful nature reserve indeed! I particularly enjoyed the photo of a path with roots along the sides. Even though we may think we’re shaping the earth, it’s really Nature holding everything together 🙂

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  6. Eivor, Pearl and Xenia — Awesome photos and I love the Haibuns! I apologize for the delay – I have been out of pocket for the last 3 weeks; I have been on vacation. Thank you for linking your post; I appreciate your sharing these beauties. 😀

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Becca and we hope you enjoyed your vacation 💜 We’re on a short editing break and will be contributing again soon 🤗🐾💖🐾 xxx


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