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)

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)

Haibun: The Season Keeps on Walking

Ground-nesting birds have fledged and it is safe to return to the wetlands. The lack of rain in Summer shows itself in scattered leaves and dried out bushes. A hint of gold begins to glitter in the reeds, offering us an early glimpse where Autumn’s cloak will fall.

earth to sky
the pond holds the lines
of the mother tree

© 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.

PI Poetry Prompt: Fall

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #163: Keep Walking

Word of the Day Challenge: Indicative

Tanka: White Campion

tidal river
the sand in the dunes
deep and soft
where pilgrims made pledges
white campion blooms

© Xenia Tran

Wishing you all a wonderful 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: Soft

Word of the Day Challene: Wondrous

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

Puente Poetry: All About the Light

a storm is silently approaching
where the crows whirl in the sky
an old man smiles behind his gate,
points across the bay and says

~ it is all about the light ~

and we love to run towards it
even on the darkest, wettest days
there are cracks in passing clouds
where smaller rays can shine

© Xenia Tran

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: Gate

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #162: It’s All About the Light

Haiku: Waves of Grass

summer breeze
the grass waves at anyone
who passes

© Xenia Tran

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.

CMMC: August – Pick a Topic from my Photo (Sand)

Word of the Day Challenge: Gracious

Haibun: Heritage

We notice how much the sands have drifted, since we last walked here. A small dredger is keeping the channel clear for boats that sail in and out of the bay. Young herring gulls learn to fly, encouraged by their elders, with fresh bars for landing and take-off. We are grateful to be back in this special place. Holding a stone with the light bouncing off, I realise how much we missed it.

seals bark
they too are part of
our world

© Xenia Tran

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: Heritage

Sunday Stills: Walking in a Burlywood World

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Luminosity

Tanka: Walking Back in Time

old road
we walk back in time
between the trees
from last year’s seeds
whose dream is now emerging

© Xenia Tran

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: Walk

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #159: Postcards

dVerse Poets: Open Link Night #297

Tanka: Shrine

summer rain
each tree and stone
a shrine
where crofters pray in peace
for this year’s golden harvest

© 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.

PI Poetry Prompt: Shrine

Carpe Diem #1848: Harvest