Haiku: Smile in Motion

a smiling blue and white whippet and a black whippet beside a WWII defence block in the sand
two whippets on the beach beside old WWII defences

spilling stones
your smile leaps over
the old defences

© Xenia Tran

a smiling black whippet walking across the beach towards the camera

Many of the Second World War defences along the Moray Coast are sinking deeper into the shifting sands. You can see some images taken earlier this year where they are still upright in Edge of New Tomorrows.

We’re delighted that this haiku is featured in Haiku Dialogue: Poet’s Choice, ambiguity, Troutswirl, The Haiku Foundation Blog, 4 September 2019. A very big thank you to Craig Kittner for putting this edition together.

Wishing you all a wonderful Thursday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/800 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/1600 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.

28 thoughts on “Haiku: Smile in Motion”

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Cathy, it’s a fun beach for them to play on with lots of interesting smells too 😁💜 Hope you’re having a great day and much love to you and Finn from all of us here 🤗🐾💖🐾 xxx

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  1. All Forgiving
    Dogs Move
    On With Love
    Smiles Xenia a
    Wish that Dorian
    Carries No Ocean
    Wrath Redistributing
    Heat to you too much at
    least for Balance is the Rule
    in Scotland True
    the Law
    for Nature’s Fair..:)

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Fred 🙂💜 The weather’s still mild here. Remnants of Dorian’s tail may pass by the west coast next week and we’re as prepared as can be 😉🤞 Wishing you and Katrina a wonderful weekend from all of us here 🤗🐾💖🐾🎶🕺🌞🦋

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      1. Thank You Xenia..
        Dorian surely
        A Formidable
        Force of Nature
        Perhaps changing
        Perceptions of
        Paradise on
        Islands particularly
        As Homes in the Future
        We All Should Treat
        Nature more
        As Friend and
        Separation.. Greater
        For Evergreen Life🌲

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Denis. These defences were built along the North East coast to prevent the German army (arriving via the sea) from rolling their tanks onshore. In the end the Germans didn’t come this way and the anti-tank blocks and pill boxes are slowly sinking into the sands. They’re sometimes used for barbecues and picnics and people dry their beach towels on them. For Eivor and Pearl they’re interesting to sniff 🙂🐾🐾


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