Haibun: Earth’s Garden

a black whippet in a blue harness looking towards his left in a woodland garden
a black whippet in a blue harness walking among wildflowers

Art is the means we have of undoing the damage of haste – Theodore Roethke

The sun warms our backs as we walk along a narrow trail between dandelion clocks and flowers. Rhododendron and lilac are in bloom and their scent seems extra sweet this morning. We feel at one with the wood, the bog lands and the meadow as if we have always been part of earth’s garden.

stirring the soul
goldfinches sing
in the alder

Β© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in a blue harness sniffing the grass in a woodland garden

In the spirit of Roethke’s quote, we are sharing some more treasured moments from our last walks with Eivor this week.

Wishing you all a blessed Monday and a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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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 two adopted whippets Eivor and Pearl.

32 thoughts on “Haibun: Earth’s Garden”

    1. Thank you kindly dear Eliza πŸ’— There have been lots of tears as well as smiles and happy memories. We will be taking a break from blogging after Thursday and take it easy for a while. Hope you are keeping well too and much love from our house to yours πŸ’žπŸ’œπŸ’ž xxx

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  1. Heavenly images. Eivor looks so at ease among the flowers and grass and trees. I’d never heard the term “dandelion clocks” before–what a unique way to describe this stage of the flower. And the haiku…it’s classic Xenia poetry–profoundly beautiful and deep in its simplicity, and timeless in its imagery. My day has become a little brighter. Thanks, Xenia. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Mike and for joining us here among the wildflowers and bird song. Wishing you a peaceful evening and much love from our house to yours πŸΎπŸ’šπŸΎ

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and prayers dear Diana πŸ™ Much love from our house to yours and please give sweet Chloe and Murphy a big pat from us all πŸ€—πŸ§‘πŸ΄ xxx

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    1. Thank you kindly dear Cathy πŸ’š We will be OK with time and have so many wonderful memories. His spirit is everywhere we look and writing about those last walks helps – they were so magical πŸƒ Wishing you a peaceful rest of the evening and please give sweet Flynn a gentle pat from us all πŸ’•πŸ•πŸ’• xxx

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  2. Oh, my! So very, very sorry. I know from sad experience how hard it is to lose a dog buddy. But what a splendid life he had with you. All that running and sniffing. A dog couldn’t ask for anything better.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and thoughts dear Laurie πŸ’œ We are so grateful he shared this part of the journey with us and his spirit is everywhere we look, especially in his beloved forests πŸƒπŸ’šπŸƒ xxx

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  3. I am so sorry to see that Eivor has gone! It is a heartbreaker I know. I have had to say good bye to horses and dogs and it never gets easier. May he gambol about in the forests of the next world as he did with you here .

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and thoughts dear Anne, it is never easy to say goodbye to such wonderful friends and companions and I do believe they run free on the other side of the rainbow. Hope all is well with you and please give sweet Biasini a gentle pat from Pearl and me too πŸ’•πŸŽ xxx

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