Tanka: New Alignments

Cairngorms National Park

two whippets in winter jackets on a frozen forest trail

old ways
are vanishing
a new dawn
filters gently towards earth
ready to be still and seen

© Xenia Tran

a frozen field behind the deer fence with ancient pine and mountains in the distance

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: Dawn

Weekly Prompts Colour Challenge: A New Dawn

Sestina: Soul Circle

For Catherine Ann Cullen

A generous poet brings us a gift
of prompts and words and musings.
Raven nest with eyes that see
a circle of souls who share their quest
to nurture the earth and keep her wild,
when Imbolc gives rise to new voices.

Ideas that float can find a voice,
the shrine is lined with gifts.
In Heritage Week thistles in the wild
breathe with butterflies, amused
by truths in prickly questions
fallen from a paradise Dante could see.

The stepping stones we climb to see
eavesdrop on oceans’ voices.
They encourage a parallel quest
to both receive and share each gift
pulled from a hat by the muses
and marbled deep waters of the wild.

Autumn glitters in the wild.
The scattered leaves we see
by the gate are gathered by a muse.
The wind whistles through her voice.
There appears to be no limit of gifts
carving the path of this quest.

A blinding light eggs on our quest
and barbed beginnings in rewilding.
The saplings of poems are also a gift
that follows the moon and sees
a healthy world laced with voices
as ageless as that of our muse.

Thin ice and forbidding shallows spark the muse.
Our pockets are lined with questions
on love and nature’s survival. The voice
of the wind is a friend in the wild,
old pains are soothed by the sea,
each cushion of moss is a gift.

On an epitaph for the wild we can see we tried
guided by spirit and muses. Their voices remain
a sacred gift that shapes our soul circle’s quest.

© Xenia Tran

Catherine Ann Cullen, Poet in Residence at Poetry Ireland, has been hosting a weekly Poetry Prompt on twitter throughout the pandemic and inspired forty three new poems I would otherwise never have written.

As her residency is drawing to a close I have attempted to incorporate all the prompt words I responded to with individual poems in the above Sestina.

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: Gift

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #179: Serene




Haiku: Light in the Glen

a black whippet in a winter jacket looking past the wide trunk of an ancient pine

autumn gold –
the glen lit up
with double rainbows

© Xenia Tran

late autumn sunshine on golden grass, heather and pine

The double rainbows were a wonderful sight and I captured them in the haiku as I couldn’t fit them in the frame with the lens I had with me.

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.

Light in the Glen was first published in Autumn Moon Haiku Journal, Volume 5:1, Autumn/Winter 2021. A very big thank you to Bruce Ross for selecting my poem and to the team at Autumn Moon Haiku Journal for putting this beautiful edition together.

CMMC: December Color – Your Favorite Color

Wordless Wednesday: A Whiff of Winter

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket in a winter forest
close up of a whippet in a winter coat smelling heather and grass in a winter forest

Whilst it is still mild here on the coast it is lovely to catch a glimpse of Winter walking further inland.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Word of the Day Challenge: Catch

Tanka: Festive Memories

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket on a forest trail

melting snow
a twinkle of light
in every tree
memories of seasons past
we shared in distant places

© Xenia Tran

melting beads of frost on the trees and patches of snow on the brown grass in an ancient pine forest

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 #178: You Choose

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Festive Memory

Wordless Wednesday: Water of Life

Cairngorms National Park

The warm weather continues and it’s lovely to be greeted by so many smiles.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Word of the Day Challenge: Trend

Puente Poetry: Shades and Shadows

Cairngorms National Park

a click unlocks the gate
how many hands have turned
the key, we wonder and
marvel at the interplay of

~ shades and shadows ~

between trees and grasses
where woodland anemone
flourishes longer in the darker
places filled with rain and dew

© Xenia Tran

Thank you so much for your good wishes before we went on our short break!

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a great new week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

PI Poetry Prompt: Key

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #152: Shades and Shadows

Haibun: Lifting the Spirit

Cairngorms National Park

Deep in the glen we meet a cheerful group of hikers in short sleeves and sun hats. We’re so happy to feel the warm on our skin after one of our longest Winters. The swallows are here, sweeping across the meadow. Buttercups and cowslip sparkle in the light.

wild orchids
a green-veined white
darts away

© Xenia Tran

a smiling blue and white whippet running down a forest trail

We are taking a short blogging break to make the most of the fine weather and will be back on Monday 14th June.

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/3200 s – ISO 100, f/4.5 – 1/250 s – ISO 100 and f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

PI Poetry Prompt: Hat

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Elevate

Carpe Diem #1844: Returning Back to Normal

Haiku: Wild Voices

Cairngorms National Park

a blue and white whippet sniffs the wide trunk of an ancient pine

ancient pine
the deep voice
within

© Xenia Tran

close up of the trunk of an ancient Caledonian pine

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.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 140, f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 180 and f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 125.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #150: Let’s Go Wild

Tanka: Zen Marbles

Cairngorms National Park

a black whippet in a raincoat on a forest trail in spring

fluttering wings
our forest walk disappears
in itself
scattered stones marble the path
below the snow-capped mountains

© Xenia Tran

close up of snow-capped corries in the cairngorms

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.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 450 and f/5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 110.

PI Poetry Prompt: Marble

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Bliss