Haibun: Song of Sika

Raven’s Rock Gorge

close up shot of a black whippet in a black harness on a forest trail

The clear waters of Alt Mor tumble over the stones. The rains have been welcome since wildfires swept our moors. I love the smells of earth and water, the young green leaves. It’s as if the forest can breathe again.

in the air
the soft whistle of sika deer
calling their young

Β© Xenia Tran

water flowing through Raven's Rock Gorge, lush and green with spring leaves

We wish you all a very happy Monday and a sumptuous new week!

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/250 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/125 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.

75 thoughts on “Haibun: Song of Sika”

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Cathy, Eivor thankfully didn’t spot any deer! πŸ˜πŸ’œ Hope your week got off to a great start and much love to you and Finn from all of us here πŸ€—πŸΎπŸ’–πŸΎ xxx

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  1. What a beautiful word for the name of the deer (Sika), I’m glad the rains came and smothered the fires…we’re enjoying lovely warm weather at the moment with the threat of fire not too far behind.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Kim, we’re very grateful for the rains at the moment πŸ’œ Mother Earth and all the wildlife really need it after the warm and dry weather we’ve had here. Hope it will balance out where you are too πŸ™‚πŸ’–πŸ’¦ xxx

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      1. We’re experiencing some marine cloud mixed in with smoke from wildfires in the neighbouring province of Alberta at the moment…we hope not to have a repeat of last summer, we lost the whole month of August to smoky skies! I’m glad the rains came to your beautiful part of the world…

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  2. Sika are not native but roam the eastern seabord of Maryland because it is marshy. I love the scents in this. And I looked up the sika and found the high pitched whistle the females make. How interesting. What a lovely haibun and haiku. Hugs to you, Eivor, and Pearl.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Toni πŸ’œ The sika whistle is a beautiful sound and it’s echo through the gorge had Eivor mesmerised. Love and hugs back for you from all of us here πŸ€—πŸΎπŸ’–πŸΎ xxx


      1. You are welcome. πŸ™‚

        As a matter of fact – That Act 9 you read is part of a ‘Despondency series’ I’ve been writing since. If you have time, start from Act 1 to Act 8. Trust me…they all have a sense of resonance and relatable. You will love them and you will say yes, I relate to this a lot. πŸ™‚

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  3. You had me at /it feels as if the forest can breathe again/. Terrific haibun, nice haiku. It is short enough, it might even be a quadrille 44.

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  4. There is something unmistakably serene about the way the heart breathes along with the forest and nearby surroundings! ❀️

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Ann-Christine πŸ’œ It’s been so dry for so long in many parts of Northern Europe and it really feels as if the climate is shifting. Here’s hoping the rain will balance things out and bring the lushness back again πŸ™‚πŸ’–πŸŒ²πŸ’¦ xxx


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