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

Wordless Wednesday: Natural Haven

a black whippet in a winter jacket walking on a forest trail
close up of a freshly sawn off tree stump

As more forests are opening to the public after a series of storms, the difference in light coming through is very striking. Trees that were blown over have been cut and moved to the side, providing a natural haven for wildlife.

Wishing you all a peaceful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

CFFC: Bark and Leaves

Wordless Wednesday: Dancing Shadows

a smiling black whippet in a black jacket walking across the beach
a smiling black whippet in a black jacket walking across the beach towards the camera

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Weekend Sky #49

CFFC: Reflections or Shadows

Wordless Wednesday: A Sense of Future Nostalgia

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket running on the beach with a ball
Victorian fisherman's cottages overlooking the beach and surf

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

CFFC: Future Nostalgic

Word of the Day Challenge: Sensation

Wordless Wednesday: Paw Prints in the Sand

close up of whippet paw prints in wet tidal sand
a tidal burn flowing out to sea as the tide retreats

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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Wordless Wednesday

CFFC: Sand or Dirt

Wordless Wednesday: Mild Autumn Days

Loch Beinn a’ Mheadhain

a black and white whippet walking down steps on a mountain trail
view from the hillside across Loch Beinn a' Mheadhain

We’re still enjoying mild and pleasant weather this month with the blue sky appearing between scattered showers.

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: Pleasing

CFFC: Candid

Wordless Wednesday: Twists and Turns

a black whippet in a raincoat sniffing the heather beside a loch
raindrops on rowan berries in the forest

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

CFFC: Twisted or Squiggly

Wordless Wednesday: Quiet Places

two whippets on a hilly and curvy forest trail
a curvy and hilly forest trail with mature and young trees

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

CFFC: Curvy or Arches

Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Quiet Places

Wordless Wednesday: Creating Memories for Tomorrow

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

CFFC: Tomorrow