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Wordless Wednesday: Sparkling Sea

two whippets running on tidal sands with scattered stones
white clouds lit up by the sun above the sea and mountains

We are taking a short blogging break and will be back on Monday 4th October.

Wishing you all a sparkling Wednesday and a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Word of the Day Challenge: Sparkling

World Haiku Series 2020 (102) Haiku by Xenia Tran

We are deeply honoured to share these Haiku and Photo Haiku as part of the World Haiku Series 2020, in respect of the 326th anniversary of Matsuo Bashõ’s passing and in respect of all the souls who lost their lives to COVID-19. A warm-hearted thank you to Mr Hidenori Hiruta for his beautiful Japanese translations and for creating this wonderful series.

Akita International Haiku Network

sunrise
a glance to the left
to see you breathing

(Frogpond Vol 43:3 Fall 2020)

日の出
左を一瞥
あなたが呼吸しているのを見るために

his grey hair
full of sunlight
the sea retreats

(The Bamboo Hut, Issue 4 – 2020)

彼の白髪
日光に満ちている
海は後退する

village store
the parrot tells us
there’s no bread

(Bundled Wildflowers, Haiku Society of America 2020 Members’ Anthology)

村の店
オウムが私たちに教えてくれる
パンはありません

north wind
lilies of the valley
shelter in place

(Haiku Dialogue: Haiku Prism – White, Troutswirl, The Haiku Foundation Blog, 20 May 2020)

北風
スズラン
屋内退避

adjusting pillows
before the night spreads
his final round

(First published in EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2020 and subsequently included in TheHelping Hand Haiku Anthology, edited by Robert Epstein, Middle Island Press, 2020)

枕の調整
夜が広がる前に
彼の最終ラウンド

dreamcatcher
our old telepathy
works again

(Frameless Sky Issue 12, 2020)

ドリームキャッチャー
私たちの古いテレパシー
再び動作する

back from the shelter she names…

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Haibun: Thistledown

a blue and white whippet pausing on a sandy trail through the dunes

The temperature has dipped this morning. We keep the wind behind us while we navigate the dunes towards the headland. Most of the tourists have gone. This time is a gift to revisit the places we love, when they shift back from ‘must see’ to ordinary.

thistledown
thousands of seeds fly off
for new flowers

© Xenia Tran

close up of thistle flower and seed heads

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

PI Poetry Prompt: Prickly

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Ordinary

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Melancholy

Tanka: Where the Heart Is

two whippets in the dunes

passing clouds
our hearts still walk
on the sunny side
collecting light and sharing it
wherever it is needed

© Xenia Tran

dunes with marram grass and pine trees overlooking the Moray Firth

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Tanka Thursday: Heart

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in September (Reachable, Linkage)

Wordless Wednesday: A Gift from the Sea

a black whippet walking on tidal sands
a driftwood tree resting on tidal sands

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word (Quotidian, Solitary)

Puente Poetry: The Best of Neighbours

two whippets on the beach by a wooden post above the tidal lagoon

the seagulls from our roof
feed in the lace the waves push in,
heavy with crab for growing chicks
who will soon be the size of their parents

~ our quirky friends ~

now the best of neighbours
with tilted head and knowing blink
we head for home as the sand disappears
in a hungry sea that swallows every bar

© Xenia Tran

tide flowing into the lagoon, pools and sand bars

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a wonderful new week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

PI Poetry Prompt: Lace

Word of the Day Challenge: Quirky

Tanka: Comfort

close up of two whippets running across tidal sands

sea air –
in illness and in health
this comfort
soon carries beyond the blue
of sky and misty mountains

© Xenia Tran

view from the dunes of beach, sea and tidal sand in late summer

Wishing you all good health and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

PI Poetry Prompt: Health

Tanka Thursday: Soon

Wordless Wednesday: A Dash of Blue

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Weekly Prompts Colour Challenge: Blue

Haiku: A Fair Wind

cloudy loch
the geese head south
on a fair wind

© Xenia Tran

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #164: Looking Up/Down

Word of the Day Challenge: Daylight

Tanka: A Siskin’s Song

a blue and white whippet walking along a forest trail

woodland pond
all day its darkness
holds the sun
in her light a siskin’s song
flits above the treetops

© Xenia Tran

a woodland pond with trees reflected in the water

Wishing you all a wonderful Thursday and a blessed rest of the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

We are honoured and delighted that A Siskin’s Song was first published in the inaugural issue of Take5, a new journal from The Bamboo Hut for 5 line tanka, gogyohka and gogyoshi. A warm-hearted thank you to Steve Wilkinson for featuring my poem and putting this beautiful edition together.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #163: Keep Walking

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word (Flexuous, Solitary, Astonishing)