Tanka: Douglas Fir and Larch

close up of a smiling brindle whippet running through the grass in the forest

ah the bliss
when we come to this place
late summer
the chiming of cones falling
stays with us every year

© Xenia Tran

close up of leaves, needles and cones on birch and douglas fir

We are taking a short blogging break to enjoy the fine weather and will be back on Thursday 22 September 2022.

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a peaceful weekend ahead,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Tanka Thursday: When

CFFC: Nature

Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Trees

Tanka: All as One

Loch an Eilein Castle

a brindle whippet in a black rain jacket on a forest trail

light rain
on the crumbling ruins
grass and moss grow
in the shade of willows
all as one with nature

© Xenia Tran

castle ruins surrounded by trees and covered in moss and grass

Wishing you all a blessed Thursday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Tanka Thursday: Ruins

CFFC: Man-made Items

Tanka: Grandmother Tree

a smiling brindle whippet running up a hill in the forest

loch shore –
lights glitter on the water
while we listen
to the grandmother tree
sharing glimpses of the past

© Xenia Tran

exposed roots of an ancient pine by the loch shore

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Tanka Thursday: Glimpse

CFFC: Connects You to the Present Moment

Tanka: Easy to Remember

Cairngorms National Park

a smiling whippet running along the sandy shores of a loch

so easy
to remember why we came
before we return
to the loch and forest
where nature’s beauty rises

© Xenia Tran

a smiling whippet looking back across the forest trail

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Tanka Thursday: Easy

CFFC: Reminds You of Nature’s Beauty

Haiku: Summer Cooling

a brindle whippet climbing down seaweed-covered rocks

cooling
as we run towards it
the turquoise sea

© Xenia Tran

tidal sands with seaweed-covered rocks under a blue summer sky

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #135

CFFC: Would Make a Friend Happy

Haibun: The Puppy Within

a picture of a blue and brindle whippet puppy

Misty’s family came over for a visit this weekend and it was lovely to see them again. After a walk on the beach we went back to our house and they gave us this beautiful picture of Misty as a puppy that had been hanging on her late owner’s wall.

Misty is still very playful. She loves flinging her toys around the room as well as my slippers. Showing her the picture, she sniffs it and looks thoughtfully at her younger self. Then she turns towards the wall with pictures of our other dogs, where she is happy for us to hang it.

fruits of summer –
between blackcurrant bushes
forget-me-nots bloom

© Xenia Tran

a smiling brindle senior whippet in a dog bed with a green toy

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

CFFC: Symbolizes an Act of Kindness

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Twin

dVerse Poets: It’s OLN Live

Haiku: Treasures

a brindle whippet sniffing a large piece of driftwood in the sea

washing in
the day’s treasures
the sea retreats

© Xenia Tran

a smiling brindle whippet walking back towards the beach from the water

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #206: Treasures

CFFC: Brings a Smile to Your Face

Tanka: Sea Lace

an elderly brindle whippet in a red jacket climbing lichen-covered rocks

sea lace
the first step
so small
nobody knew
the size of the ocean

© Xenia Tran

Ribbons, Spring/Summer 2022: Volume 18, Number 2

lichen-covered rocks on the beach with the sea behind them

Wishing you all a blessed Thursday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #131

CFFC: Landscapes or Seascapes

Thursday’s Specials: Pick a Word in June 2022 (Bouldery, Perched, Surging)

Wordless Wednesday: Song of the Sea

close up of a senior black whippet with silver hairs on his face
close up of a rocky outcrop with seaweed, part under water

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

CFFC: Water

Tanka: Snow Melt

For Seamus

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket walking towards a forest stream

snow melt
how soon our seasons feed
the bubbling stream
I still see you bending down
to drink its water

© Xenia Tran

Ribbons, Winter 2020: Volume 16, Number 1

Member’s Choice Tanka, Honourable Mention, Ribbons, Spring/Summer 2021: Volume 16, Number 2

a stream filled with snow-melt in an ancient pine forest

Seamus, a sweet lurcher whom we adopted many years ago who lived to the ripe age of thirteen, would always stop here for a drink from the stream. Ever since his passing, we find ourselves pausing at the very same spot on our walks, as if we are still waiting for him to have a drink. One of those moments inspired the above poem, which was first published in the Winter 2020 edition of Ribbons.

The poem was subsequently selected by Susan Constable as a Member’s Choice Tanka with an Honourable Mention and published in the Spring/Summer 2020 edition of Ribbons. This was her commentary and interpretation of the poem:

Xenia’s tanka adheres to a more traditional tanka form, with its s/l/s/l/l lines (both visual and aural), and its use of vivid images. I appreciate the assonance (the rhyme of vowel sounds, not necessarily the repetition of a particular letter) which appears in the words seasons/feed/stream, the alliteration of B’s in bubbling/bending, and the numerous T’s throughout the tanka. There’s also a lovely rhythm to the lines which are written with an almost-perfect iambic metre. All these pleasing sounds echo and enrich the arresting imagery.

This tanka provides some comfortable dreaming room, so my interpretations may not match those of other readers or, in fact, those of the poet. However, I sense the all-too-fast passing of time as winter melts into spring, and the poet and/or narrator grows older. I also feel the loss of a loved one who once bent to drink from this stream and, metaphorically, from Life itself.

Thank you Susan for selecting this poem as one of your honourable mention poems and for your thoughtful interpretation.

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.

CFFC: Earth

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Guide

Word of the Day Challenge: Lyrical