Discover Challenge: Finding Your Place

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In this week’s Discover Challenge we are invited to post about a place that means something special to us and we can interpret this any way we wish. This challenge coincides with my completion of ‘Carpe Diem Haiku First Winter Retreat 2016 – Find the Silence’ where we were invited to find the silence and create haiku, haiga or tanka every day for thirty days.

This is a beautiful time of year to write about silence and connect with that calm place within ourselves.

winter silence
so many boats asleep
on dry land

© Xenia Tran

 

More than half of my daily writings on ‘Finding the Silence’ were posted on twitter and I am sharing some of them here to show the many moments that inspired me to find the silence both outside and inside of myself.

the silent robin
awaits our return
eyes sparkle

© Xenia Tran

 

The haiku below were previously posted on twitter and made me reflect more deeply. I added prose and created a double haibun for the blog in Frozen Footsteps.

frost rests
in silent caress
of the dawn

© Xenia Tran

 

stillness
before the ski slopes
open to laughter

© Xenia Tran

 

One fellow blogger commented that I am carrying the silence with me. It feels that way and I believe the accumulative effect of focusing on silence every day AND writing about it helps you to carry the silence from one day to the next.

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Fellow blogger Mark Aldrich has written many posts about Egyptian photo-journalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, also known as Shawkan. He has been held in prison without charge for more than three years and he misses the sky. On ciluna27’s Blog you can read more background information about the #SkyforShawkan initiative that was created on twitter where fellow photographers can post photographs of the sky for Shawkan.

After posting several photographs of the sky at #SkyforShawkan I found silence here too. Silence in the beauty of the many photographs posted here, silence in the invisible space where people who care about human rights come together.

I began to create haiga in aid of the campaign for Shawkan’s release and some of them took me to a completely different dimension of silence.

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One year later Shawkan is still in prison. I have created more haiga for the campaign and shared them on twitter. ciluna’s27 blog created a new and beautiful post on 12th December 2017 featuring many new photographs for the #SkyforShawkan campaign which include five of these haiga. You can read this post and see the images here.

 

Silence was to be found in so many places, including indoors.

candle light
warms the imagination
of shorter days

© Xenia Tran

 

More than anything I became aware of the silent communication from something that is so much bigger than ourselves, the silent communication from nature and the silent communication and understanding between Eivor and Pearl. I could have written the haiku below every day for thirty days:

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silence
a quiet breath
of love

© Xenia Tran

 

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With love to you all,

Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Lumix Panasonic FZ38, settings: Landscape and iA.

 

In response to Daily Post Discover Challenge: Finding Your Place

To see thirty days of contributions about silence from all participants please visit: Carpe Diem Haiku First Winter Retreat 2016 – Find the Silence

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Tanka: Morning Walk

 

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morning walk
by the quiet lagoon
under a blue sky
our reflections follow
every new step

© Xenia Tran

 

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Photographs taken by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Lumix Panasonic FZ38, setting: iA.

 

In response to Carpe Diem Special #222 – Candy’s 2nd ‘Morning Walk’ (Tanka)

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Tanka: Warm Path Through Winter

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a warm path
weaves her way through winter
from eye to heart
soft glow of the low sun
blows a silent kiss

© Xenia Tran

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With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Lumix Panasonic FZ38, settings: Outdoor Action and Landscape.

We are deeply humbled and honoured that this tanka was voted the winning tanka in Carpe Diem’s Tanka Kukai One ‘Winter Love’ in December 2016. A very big thank you to Kristjaan for hosting the Kukai and to all participating poets for their support.

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Tanka: Treasures

 

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snow
rests on the hills
in silence
the beach holds treasures
to warm our winter

© Xenia Tran

 

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Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Lumix Panasonic FZ38, setting: iA.

 

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Tanka: Silent Ripples

 

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silent
illumination
sends ripples
along the sea-bound river
touching the stones on the shore

© Xenia Tran

 

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Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Lumix Panasonic FZ38, setting: iA.

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Relax

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shall we go home
relax in silence in the sun
let our thoughts go

© Xenia Tran

 

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Will you join us?

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, unedited.

Camera: Lumix Panasonic FZ38, setting: iA.

 

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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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Haiku: Singing Heart

 

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 when golden sky
turns silent we hear
our hearts sing

© Xenia Tran

 

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Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in windows photo editor.

Camera: Lumix Panasonic FZ38, setting: iA.

 

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Tanka: Meditation

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meditation
allows your mind to rest
while you breathe in
the stillness of the loch
the strength of the sky

© Xenia Tran

 

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Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in windows photo editor.

Camera: Lumix Panasonic FZ38, settings: iA and Landscape.

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Haiku: A Silent Poet

 

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a silent poet
can hear the voice
of frozen leaves

© Xenia Tran

 

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Photographs by Xenia Tran, unedited.

Camera: Lumix Panasonic FZ38, settings: iA and Landscape.

 

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