Tanka: A Voice across the Sea

 

a black whippet on sand and shingle looking at the water below

 

northern breeze
a spring in our step
after the heat
songs enter the water
filling our heart, the same sky

© Xenia Tran

 

a blue whippet looking to her left across the water

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5, 1/2000 s, ISO 100 and f/3.5, 1/1000 s, ISO 100.

 

Kristjaan at Carpe Diem introduces us to ‘Joik’, the mystical song of the Sami people. I believe there is something at the heart of all traditional music that connects us to our roots and to where our spirits come from.

Below is the video clip that Kristjaan shared with us, a song called ‘Devieh’ performed live by Marja Mortensson:

 

Carpe Diem #1490: Joik, the mystical song of the Sami

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Tanka: The Sound of Silence

 

black whippet sniffing driftwood on the beach at Findhorn Bay

 

first sunrise
the voice of love recorded
in your heart
the beauty of hidden stars
within the sound of silence

© Xenia Tran

 

black whippet looking over his right shoulder across the tidal pools and sand bars

 

Boats, some anchored and some moored at pontoons in Findhorn Bay

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5, 1/1250 s, ISO 100, f/8, 1/320 s, ISO 100 and f/6.3, 1/800 s, ISO 100.

 

Carpe Diem Summer Retreat 2018: Finding the Way

dVerse Poetics: Sounds of Silence

When I saw the prompt at dVerse I immediately had to think of the adaptation by American band ‘Disturbed’ of the classic Simon & Garfunkel song ‘The Sound of Silence’.  Below is a video clip of their version, which inspired the tanka above. Hope you enjoy!

 

Tanka: A Wonderful Life

 

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we find a friend
through this wonderful life
in nature’s magic
the warm light of the dawn
in vibrant winter skies

© Xenia Tran

 

a blue whippet with a pink ball and a black whippet with a green ball running on the beach in wintercoats

 

beach at low tide with a small pier and lighthouse at low tide on a sunny Winter morning

 

Kristjaan at Carpe Diem invites us to write haiku, tanka or other Japanese poetry inspired by the song ‘Wonderful Life’ by Colin Vearncombe (aka Black).

Colin passed away surrounded by his family just under a year ago and this post is also a tribute to him and his music. Below is a video clip of him performing the song he became most famous for:

 

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, settings: f/2.8, 1/500, ISO 160 and f/4, 1/640 s, ISO 160.

 

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Haibun: Song Of Love

 

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It feels as if there is a higher force at play from way beyond the stars. When a physical journey brings rescue dogs to their new home their inner journey is just beginning.

Eivor knew straight away. ‘I have come home and I am here to stay’. Going out for the first time was frightening for him. His previous world had been so small. The soothing sounds of a flute helped to calm his nerves. He now looks forward to every new adventure. Pearl was too frightened to go into friends’ houses on our travels and seemed worried that we would leave her there. When she heard the song ‘In The Light of Love’ for the first time she flung her front paws around my neck and gave me a big hug. We both knew in that moment that we would be just fine. That we are meant to travel this journey side by side.

in the light of love
moon journeys through the sky
every day dazzles

© Xenia Tran

 

two whippets on tidal sand

 

Mish at dVerse Poets has invited us to choose one line from a favourite song and grow our own poem from it. I chose the line ‘In the light of love’ from the song ‘In the light of love/om shree dhanvantre namaha’ by Deva Primal, Miten and Manose. Below is a video clip for you to enjoy:

 

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, setting: iA, 1/200 s.

 

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