Tanka: Beloved Light

a black whippet in a jacket sniffing washed up leaves on the beach

shoreline gold
the scent of autumn
follows the river
each fleeting moment
we turn to the light

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in a jacket sniffing autumn leaves washed up on the beach

We are deeply honoured and delighted that our poem Where Moss Flows has been published in Dance Into The World, The Tanka Society of America Twentieth Anniversary Anthology (2020). A very big thank you to Michael Dylan Welch for featuring my poem and putting this beautiful anthology together.

Front Cover of Dance Into the World

For a summary of recent poems featured in anthologies please visit our Anthologies page.

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.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 200, f/4.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 250 and f/5.6 – 1/100 s – ISO 200.

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Quadrille: When Old Becomes New

a blue and white whippet running with a ball on the beach

seagulls rest
on sandbars
warming feathers
in Winter sun

while we fly
to catch each ball
and shimmy down
the shoreline

it is so peaceful
to play old games
with new eyes

with every leap
the mountains
speak of wonder

after the
wolf moon

© Xenia Tran

blue whippet in a winter coat with a pink ball on sunlit beach

We wish you all a very happy and blessed New Year and are delighted to have two poems from our blog – Grandma Alice and Frozen Footsteps – published in Chiaroscuro – Darkness and Light, the beautiful anthology created by Mary Grace Guevara, Björn Rudberg and the team at dVerse Poets.

The anthology features more than 100 poets from around the world and is available from Amazon in Europe and North America.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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Haibun: Frozen Footsteps

a black whippet in a blue winter coat on a frozen forest trail

Last week’s footsteps look so fresh on the frozen path where our paws leave no mark. The warm glow of the morning sun welcomes us like long lost friends and in this silence I feel like coming home. Coming home to all that is well in the world, to all the magic that nature has to offer and to the simple ways in which the sparkling frost on the trees connects us to the magic within ourselves.

frost rests
in silent caress
of the dawn

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a pink snood and silver winter coat on a frozen forest trail

I look up at the snow covered mountain against the blue sky and my mind wanders into the green and purple heathers of September, the view down over the glen and beyond the Monadliath. Winter has landed early here and we change the paths we walk with every season. Wrapped in the arms of nature we go where she leads.

stillness
before the ski slopes
open to laughter

© Xenia Tran

mount Cairngorm covered in snow

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, unedited.

Camera: Lumix Panasonic FZ38, setting: iA.

I posted both haiku on twitter as part of my daily ‘Find the Silence’ reflections for Carpe Diem Haiku’s Winter Retreat and revisited the parts of the walk that inspired the haiku to create this haibun for dVerse Haibun Monday.

This haibun appears in

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which was published in December 2017 and is now available from Amazon in Europe and North America.

The poem is included in our first full-length collection Sharing Our Horizon, published in September 2018, available in paperback and ebook formats from bookstores and online retailers.

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