Tanka: Spring Silver

a blue and white whippet drinking from the melted edge of a frozen puddle on the loch shore

air bubbles …
in pristine ice
bursting with song
a blue dog silvers
the unwinding water

© Xenia Tran

a frozen puddle with air bubbles and a small branch embedded in the ice

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and to all of you who celebrate, a happy Easter Weekend too.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Word of the Day Challenge: Pristine

Festival of Spring 2022: Week 4 – Spring Class

Wordless Wednesday: Lochside Walkies

Cairngorms National Park

a black whippet in a winter jacket sprinting along the loch shore
loch shore with snow on the peaks above the tree line

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Dog Walking

Haibun: All the Long Season

Cairngorms National Park

a blue and white whippet and a black whippet in winter jackets approaching each other on a forest trail

A few snowflakes brush our faces and melt before touching the ground. We are not sure, where they came from. The patch of sky above us is translucent blue. Across the loch, clouds hover above the snow-capped peaks. Perhaps they travelled from there, on the wind.

crossing the bridge
the sound of spring
in flowing water

© Xenia Tran

driftwood sticking out of the loch near the shore with snow-capped peaks in the background

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.

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Long

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Flake

Wordless Wednesday: Light Frost

two whippets in winter jackets pausing on a forest trail
a woodland stream with frost on the grass in the shadow of the trees

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Residue

Haiku: Spring Grass

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket walking down a narrow forest trail

green grass
even in the shadows
signs of spring

© Xenia Tran

a forest trail with pine trees either side creating an arch

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.

CMMC: Spring or Autumn Season

Your Daily Word Prompt: Epitomize

Wordless Wednesday: Earth Stories

Cairngorms National Park

two whippets in winter jackets on a forest trail
dappled light filtering through the trees along a mountain river

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #192: Earth Stories

Word of the Day Challenge: Irresistible

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

Autumn Moon Haiku Journal, Volume 5:1, Autumn/Winter 2021

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.

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