Quadrille: Day-Moon Glow

a black whippet in a winter jacket leaping across the beach with a ball
a blue and white whippet walking across a sandbar, sniffing the ground

In our blue sky the day moon glows, while the sun rises
she spreads her hands in tidal flows and nature’s sweet surprises

we walk on in gratitude for all the love she shows
seals cast us a knowing glance, grace in gentle guises.

Β© Xenia Tran

a common seal swimming in the tidal flow, looking slightly past us

This quadrille is also a ruba’i, a form of Persian poetry, usually written as two couplets or a quatrain with a rhyme scheme of aaaa or aaba and thirteen syllables per line. Because of the 44-word limit of the quadrille I’ve slightly bent the rules for the ruba’i. You can find an earlier example of a ruba’i in One More Glance, a poem that also features in Between Heather and Grass.

Wishing you all a beautiful Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/6.5 – 1/160 s – ISO 160.

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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.

46 thoughts on “Quadrille: Day-Moon Glow”

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Cathy, the day moon has been beautiful the last few mornings πŸ™‚πŸ’œ Hope you’re having a terrific Tuesday too and much love to you and Finn from all of us here πŸ€—πŸΎπŸ’–πŸΎ xxx

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  1. Oh this is so special. The form yes….but the message and the photos….just beautiful. There is something truly special when you can still see the moon when the sun is rising. It doesn’t happen in Boston — too many skyscrapers, buildings, light pollution, etc so there are just interrupted pieces of sky so to speak. But in Provincetown on Cape Cod, every summer, we usually relish this treat at least once while we’re there. No seals though and no dogs as beautiful as yours.
    Happy holidays! May we all be aglow with the holiday season.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Lillian, Cape Cod sounds like a wonderful place to be in Summer! Happy Holidays to you and your family too, may we all be aglow with all the good that life can offer πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ• xxx


    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Annabelle, we’ve had some beautiful mornings with the moon still around. The seals were very curious, especially the younger ones, and swam beside us while we walked on sands and shingle. Here’s wishing you plenty of sunrises and sunsets to enjoy this Winter and please give Pearly a big pat from us all πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ• xxx


  2. Xenia, your photos are stunning, and the colours are glorious! I love the ruba’i. especially the personification of the sun and the seals’ β€˜grace in gentle glances’ – we have them on the Norfolk cost too and I love watching them.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Eliza, it’s always a joy to see the seals! It’s lovely to hear how you think of them. The Dutch word for seal is ‘zeehond’, which literally means ‘dog of the sea’ πŸ€—πŸ’– xxx

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  3. We have had some amazing daymoon mornings here in snowy Ontario in the last week. The capture of the seal is just marvelous; those all knowing eyes viewing you. As always your poem and photos have revived my spirits on a cold night.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Anne, so lovely to hear you’re enjoying these daymoon mornings too! Hope you’re all keeping warm and much love from our house to yours πŸ€—πŸΎπŸ’–πŸΎ xxx

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