Puente Poetry: Talking Trees

Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail

a black whippet walking on a forest trail
the Inner Man sculpture by Frank Bruce

most of his words are marked
by a red pen, he learns more from
rockpools and sunsets, from a wind that
whistles through leaves in the wood

~ your gift is right here ~

in the fallen trees, sharing
deep meaning without written words
from nature, for nature
your soul can grow while it’s healing

Β© Xenia Tran

a sculpture on the Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail

If you are new to the Puente form you can see an earlier example with a brief explanation in last week’s post Presence, featuring Frank Bruce’s epitaph.

Those of you who have been following the blog for many years may recognise the Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail from our earlier post Evanescent.

Frank Bruce (1931 – 2009) was dyslexic, left school at the age of thirteen and later became a self-taught artist. He insisted that his art should always be available to everybody free of charge and that his sculptures should be allowed to decay and return to nature.

Wishing you all a happy Monday and peaceful start to the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 560, f/4.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 450 and f/4 – 1/1250 s – ISO 500.

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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 “Puente Poetry: Talking Trees”

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Cathy, the sculptures seem even more poignant this year now the cracks are beginning to show πŸ’š A wonderful rest of the day to you too from all of us here πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ• xxx

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  1. “from nature, for nature / your soul can grow while it’s healing” – I love the symbiotic embrace here, with the poem a walk in the woods giving back what has been given. And only the ego wishes for permanence. Thanks for this healing walk. – Brendan

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  2. Such a beautiful walk and the artistry is so heartfelt and warm. The wood carvings are amazing! Thank you for the link to your other posts. I Love your poetry too! Have a wonderful day and week! ❀️

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Diana and for walking along with us here πŸ’š I hope you had a lovely time with your family and a wonderful day and week to you too! πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸŽ xxx


      1. Thank you Xenia! I did have a wonderful weekend and it feels bittersweet because I wish we lived closer. πŸ’ž Sending warm hugs your way! ❀️🐾🐴🀠

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Kamal πŸ’› The Puente is a lovely poetry form to work with and the bridge line has a similar role as the pivot line in a tanka. Hope you are keeping safe and well and much love from all of here πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ™ xxx


  3. I love this poem so much! “Your gift is right here” – we do learn more from forest, shore and sunsets than from anything else………..

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  4. A beautiful puente tribute to the artist and his sculpture trail, Xenia. I would love to see Inner Man sculpture. We love to visit a sculpture trail in the grounds of a local house but missed it the past couple of years due to Covid. If only more people would learn from the β€˜deep meaning without written words’.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Kim πŸ’š It’s a beautiful trail and the way the cracks are developing in the Inner Man sculpture is very moving. If you want to see it you best come in the next couple of years as some of the other sculptures can no longer stand up πŸ’š xxx

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