EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2020

Year of the Nurse

We are deeply honoured and delighted to be part of EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2020, a collaborative poem created by haiku poets from around the world.

The theme for 2020 was The Year of the Nurse and we submitted six previously unpublished haiku for this wonderful project. We are sharing three of them here today and will post the other three on our sister blog Tranature on Wednesday 22 April 2020.

simple kindness
how the nurse helps her
to walk again

© Xenia Tran

portrait of a blue and white whippet with a pink collar

adjusting pillows
before the night spreads
his final round

© Xenia Tran

a ginger and white cat sitting upright on a sofa

back from the shelter
she names her new cat
after the nurse

© Xenia Tran

The cat in the photograph is Christy. We adopted him from a feline rescue organisation in 1992 when he was believed to be nine years old. He lived with us for another ten years and we were very grateful for all the time we had together.

If you are interested in adopting a cat or dog from a shelter, please consider adopting a senior. They can have the most amazing personalities and are a true joy to have around.

The full set of contributions to EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2020 is available as a free download from the The Haiku Foundation. A very big thank you to all the contributors and to Jim Kacian and the team for featuring my poems and putting this beautiful edition together.

The second and third haiku in this sequence were subsequently included in Robert Epstein’s beautiful The Helping Hand Haiku Anthology (2020):

front cover of The Helping Hand Haiku Anthology

A very big thank you to Robert for featuring my poem and putting this heart-warming anthology together.

The same two haiku were later featured in Akita International Haiku Network’s World Haiku Series 2020 with beautiful translations into Japanese by Mr Hidenori Hiruta. A warm-hearted thank you to Mr Hiruta for including these poems in respect of the 326th anniversary of Matsuo Bashõ’s passing and all the souls of those who lost their lives to COVID-19.

We wish you all very happy Monday and may you be safe and well,

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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