Haiku: Eternal Spirit

a smiling brindle whippet in a yellow jacket walking towards the camera

eternal spirit –
a driftwood tree waves
from the water

© Xenia Tran

rippled water of a loch with a driftwood tree in the shape of a hand emerging from the water

Wishing you all a blessed Thursday, a happy start to December and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

CMMC: Tree or Truck

Tanka: Autumn Glories

Cairngorms National Park

a brindle whippet in a yellow jacket walking between pine and birch trees in the forest

leafless birch
a sense of home folded
in dappled light
we look up at the trees
across the rippled water

© Xenia Tran

a puddle reflecting the sky and nearby shrubs on the beach

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #227: Home Sweet Home

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #154

Haiku: Sea Breeze

a brindle whippet in a warm jacket striding out across the beach

sea breeze
glittering through the trees
a new horizon

© Xenia Tran

a pale blue autumn sky above a sapphire sea

Wishing you all a happy Thursday, and Happy Thanksgiving to our friends in the US, and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #153

Puente Poetry: Well of Life

a smiling brindle whippet in a maroon jacket with a grey snood on a forest trail

here, in the forest
it is easy to feel at home dappled
with a sense of wonder

~ how rich life can be ~

when we drink from a well deep
within and believe when we see how
we are all part of nature

© Xenia Tran

a smiling brindle whippet in a maroon jacket with a grey snood on a forest trail

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Easy

Word of the Day Challenge: Believe

Tanka: Gulls and Geese

a smiling brindle whippet in a red jacket walking across tidal sands

gulls chatter
on the other side of the rocks
looking round
the sky suddenly fills
with a thousand voices

© Xenia Tran

tidal pools, rock pools, rocks and the sea under a blue sky

In other news, we are delighted that my poems First LightEarthlightAccepting the Sun and Shenandoah have been included in The Haiku Way to Healing Anthology edited by Robert Epstein (2022) …

Robert Epstein The Haik Way to Healing Anthology

… and for our Dutch readers:

OchtendschemerRozen Snoeien and Nachtvissen have been included in Aan Het Woord 2022 – Lange Verhalen, edited by Riet de Bakker, Jan Guichelaar, Henk van der Werff and Jean-Marie Werrebrouck, published by Haiku Kring Nederland and Haiku-centrum Vlaanderen (2022).

Lange Verhalen, Aan het Woord 2022 Anthology

Dorpswinkel appears in the Haiku-kantelkalender 2023. The calendar features fifty-two haiku by poets from Belgium and The Netherlands and is available from Haiku-centrum Vlaanderen. A very big thank you to Régine Dendooven and the team for including my poem and putting this beautiful calendar together.

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Tanka Thursday: Round

CMMC: November Pick a Topic from my Photo (Water, Reflections)

Haibun: Natural Instinct

a brindle whippet in a red jacket walking through a tidal pool

The morning sun warms our faces and paints the rocks in amber and brown. After a cold, clear night, the sky’s pastel-blue is reflected in scattered tidal pools. Sea lettuce waves in the shallows, bladderwrack rests on rippled sand. Gutweed glitters between the barnacles stuck to exposed boulders. Misty walks through the water and even to us, it looks inviting. She slowly moves forward, careful not to make a sound. It is only then I realise, our twelve-and-a-half-year-old forever foster is stalking a crow.

instant recall
the bird with a crab
gets away

© Xenia Tran

a smiling brindle whippet in a red jacket running across rippled sand

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #152

Word of the Day Challenge: Invitation

Tanka: Where we Belong

close up of a smiling brindle whippet in a red jacket

waiting for the sun
to shine her radiant light
where we belong
hope breathes and warms
the autumn wind

© Xenia Tran

a smiling brindle whippet in a red jacket on a forest trail

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Tanka Thursday: Wait

Word of the Day Challenge: Hope

Haibun: Northern Breeze

a brindle whippet in a red jacket turning away from marram grass

Most of the forecast rain blows over and we take a chance to head for the coast. Misty sniffs the marram grass, already turning gold in places. We navigate our way through the dunes, following a trail of boot and paw prints. Side by side we pause where the light bursts through the clouds, showing us a glimpse of blue.

fresh northerlies –
a pied wagtail chirrups
near the stones

© Xenia Tran

light breaking through low hanging clouds over the sea

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #224: Exposure

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #151

Tanka: Autumn Dance

a smiling brindle whippet in a red jacket walking on the loch shore

autumn’s dance
clouds rise and rise
to reveal
ancient pine and golden birch
at the foot of each mountain

© Xenia Tran

low cloud hanging above the trees, obscuring the mountain

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #150

Haiku: Feeding the Dream

close up of a woodburning stove with glowing embers

feeding the dream
a warm fire
that is home

© Xenia Tran

a brindle whippet stretching before a woodburning stove

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #223: Flights of Fancy

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Random