Villanelle: A Voice that Knows

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket walking along the beach

the wind is strong where soft sand blows
along the shore the water’s speech
releases the waves, a voice that knows

perhaps that’s why we feel so close
on every walk along this beach
the wind is strong where soft sand blows

we seek adventure, step in the flows
a faraway wind from the East
releases the waves, a voice that knows

the scent of freedom, a thought that grows
can show us the treasures that lie within reach
the wind is strong where soft sand blows

beneath the moon, a star that glows
we stretch out our dreams where each
releases the waves, a voice that knows

when colours brighten our rainbows
mirroring all that they teach
the wind stays strong where soft sand blows
releasing the waves, a voice that knows

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in a black jacket landing on his front paws in the sand by some driftwood along the waterline
driftwood sticking out from the sands with soft sand blowing past

Sarah at dVerse Poets invites us to write a Villanelle this month and this is our first contribution. Our second contribution has now been published at Where Seasons Meet and our third contribution Worth Waiting For can be found on our sister blog Tranature.

A Villanelle is a French verse form consisting of five three-line stanzas and a final quatrain, with the first and third lines of the first stanza repeating alternately in the following stanzas. These two refrain lines form the final couplet in the quatrain (the Poetry Foundation)

The prompt at dVerse remains open if you want to participate and there are now more than seventy contributions for you to enjoy.

Wishing you all a beautiful Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100, f/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

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Tanka: A Tree’s Journey

close up of a black whippet looking across the beach, seen from behind

waves leave
a voice from the forest
the path of a tree
oh what would it be like
to make this journey

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in a grey and maroon winter jacket sniffing a driftwood tree covered in sand

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/3.2 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

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Haibun: Before Spring

 

a black whippet in a blue and black winter jacket striding out along the beach

 

Big waves bring driftwood trees, the wind covers them with sand. Some branches and root balls reach for the sky, casting a filigree of shadows. Hovering on salty air, gulls survey a new landscape.

melting snow
earth re-arranges herself
before spring

© Xenia Tran

 

a black whippet in a blue and black winter jacket approaching a partially covered driftwood tree on the beach

 

driftwood and root balls, partially covered by sand on the beach and one driftwood tree planted upright

The weather has been wild here during Storm Erik and we hope everyone in his path is safe and well.

Wishing you all a very happy Monday and a wonderful new week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/3.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160 and f/5.6 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

 

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Haiku: From the Forest

 

two whippets by the roots of a large driftwood tree on the beach

 

stranded
what a journey
this tree

© Xenia Tran

 

a black whippet looking into the distance from behind a large driftwood tree on the beach

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8, 1/640 s, ISO 100 and f/2.8, 1/500 s, ISO 160.

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Transient

 

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so much driftwood
shepherded by rain and sea
we smell the forest

© Xenia Tran

 

two whippets on the beach with lots of driftwood

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, setting: iA, 1/200 s.

 

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