Haibun: A Star Follows

a blue and white whippet sprinting through a tidal pool
a black whippet walking through a tidal pool with a ball

The sea retreats as the sun rises, leaving ripples in sand and glittering water. It’s great to be back on the beach. Pearl runs after balls and catches them mid-air. Eivor walks more quietly and gazes past the headland. We both rest our eyes on the mountains and hear a gentle voice saying Stay, stay a little longer.

august moon
walking through tidal pools
a star follows

Β© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet running through a tidal pool with a ball

The above haiku is an echo poem to the closing haiku in A Message from the Stars, a tribute to our nephew Jamie Baker (1977-1986) that features in Between Heather and Grass.

A later version of this haibun was published in haikuKATHA Issue 11, September 2022.

Below is a trailer video for the book which includes this haiku, as well as a clip of Eivor and Pearl on the beach you see in the photographs above.

A special post will follow later this month about the money we have raised so far with the sale of the book.

We wish you all a happy Thursday and a wonderful rest of the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/2000 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.

59 thoughts on “Haibun: A Star Follows”

  1. Fabulous post, Xenia πŸ’š and a beautiful beach. Such a lovely tribute to Jamie πŸ’– I loved the video clip of Pearl and Eivor on the beach. Pearl disappeared into the far distance very quickly 😁 Thanks so much for joining in. Wishing you all a wonderful Thursday πŸ’•πŸ•πŸ’•xxx

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  2. I ADORE this video — most especially the sound of the water in the opening scene, the whippets running at lowtide splattering the water…..and the brook/creek toward the end. I always adore your words….and this is no exception.
    How I would actually love to visit you some day and take a walk with you and your whippets! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Lillian and for walking with us here – it would be wonderful if we could do this in real life too! πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ• xxx


  3. A lovely tribute to Jamie, and all who, like shooting stars, are gone all too soon but whose bright trajectory will be long remembered.

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  4. I love your post Xenia, and all it represents. Your book trailer is perfect. It was great seeing your dogs in action. They seem to have so much fun together. I smile each time I see them! Thank you for this beautiful haibun and post!

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  5. I just noticed those pools on the sand are like clouds in the sky. Wondrous photos, words, and beauty in nature. “Stars flicker through the temple of this world” ❀ ❀ ❀

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  6. Wonderful to hear about the money raised from the book. So lovely. And your photos by the beach are lovely too. They are such a pleasure to look at, and once again looked like a lovely day out. Hope your August is going alright. Take care πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Mabel, we’ve been keeping safe and well and look forward to returning to some of our favourite trails when it gets a bit quieter. Hope your August got off to a good start and may you stay safe and well too πŸ€—πŸ’œ xxx

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