Wordless Wednesday: Twists and Turns

a black whippet in a raincoat sniffing the heather beside a loch
raindrops on rowan berries in the forest

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

CFFC: Twisted or Squiggly

Puente Poetry: Voices in the Rain

Loch Beinn a’ Mheadhain

a black whippet in a raincoat looking alert among scattered autumn leaves in the forest

All the songs are living ghosts and long for a living voice.
Brendan Kennelly (17.04.1936 – 17.10.2021)

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... high in the rafters I hear the bell of her laughter, silvered and beautiful.
Máire Mhac an tSaoi (04.04.1922 – 16.10.2021)

a blue and white whippet in a raincoat on a hilly forest trail

rain falls in golden leaves, in the dark,
deep water of Loch Beinn a’ Mheadhain
the colours of pine, birch and fir are reflected

~ in the beginnings of new-found peace ~

a voice tells us the rain will stop when
we climb the steep hill while the sky clears
to hear poets and spirits mingle

© Xenia Tran

Loch Beinn a' Mheadhain in autumn

Though we live in a world that dreams of ending
that always seems about to give in
something that will not acknowledge conclusion
insists that we forever begin.

Brendan Kennelly

We were very sad to hear of the passing of Irish poets Máire Mhac an tSaoi and Brendan Kennelly over the weekend and our thoughts and prayers are with their family, friends, colleagues and students at this difficult time.

Both leave behind a rich body of work and their gift to the world is treasured by many.

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

PI Prompt: Voice

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in October 2021 (Transcoloured)

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Hillside

Haiku: Pilgrim’s Way

Loch Beinn a’ Mheadhain

a blue and white whippet climbing stone steps to a mountain view point

pilgrim’s way
a glimpse of light to see
what we pray for

© Xenia Tran

view over Loch Beinn a' Mheadhain in autumn

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Current

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word October 2021 (Sky High, Sanctuary)

Wordless Wednesday: Dappled Gold and Green

two whippets on a forest trail in dappled autumn light
a black and white whippet looking back on a forest trail in autumn

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

CMMC October Color: Oranges and/or Light Green

Haibun: Earthly Paradise

two whippets climbing a hilly forest trail in autumn

After the rain the river is in spate and we hear her gurgle through the glen from a higher, drier trail. Every now and then we see her glitter through the trees. The birch are scattering golden leaves, the heather is turning brown. The autumn air feels both earthly and spiritual when we hear the elements speak.

mountain trail
the prayer beads
she left me

© Xenia Tran

close up of water flowing in a peaty river in spate

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.

The above haiku (without the prose) was first published in Troutswirl – The Haiku Foundation Blog, Haiku Dialogue: Finding Peace and Contemplation – in the Great Outdoors – among mountains, 18 August 2021. A warm-hearted thank you to guest-editor Marietta McGregor for selecting my poem and the team at Troutswirl for putting this beautiful edition together.

PI Poetry Prompt: Dante

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #169: The Ordinary

Haiku: One Breath

a wooden bridge over a stream in the forest

autumn leaf
this life and the next
one breath

© Xenia Tran

two whippets approaching a wooden bridge over a stream in a forest
a golden fern lit up by the low sun in the forest

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.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #168: Seen Better Days

Carpe Diem #1850: Dried Grass

Wordless Wednesday: Quiet Places

two whippets on a hilly and curvy forest trail
a curvy and hilly forest trail with mature and young trees

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

CFFC: Curvy or Arches

Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Quiet Places

Tanka: Peace Within

two whippets walking side by side on a forest trail

peace within
the hymn of each waterfall
in the forest
we wish you the same soothing
that nature brings us here

© Xenia Tran

a waterfall in full spate flowing through the forest

Thank you for all your good wishes before we went on our blogging break and we hope you all had a good week too.

This poem is for Kristjaan (Chèvrefeuille) at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai and all those in need of peace within.

Wishing you a happy Monday and a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Carpe Diem #1849: Peace Within

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Splendour

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

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