Villanelle: Where Seasons Meet

Cairngorms National Park

a black whippet in a black jacket sniffing snow along a forest trail

it’s good to breathe the scent of pine
the freshness of our lingering snow
brings winter romance to our time

a blue whippet in a black jacket turning back along a forest trail beside the pine trees and heather

the snow-capped mountain turns to shrine
for seeking peace, a letting go
it’s good to breathe the scent of pine

a river flowing beside a forest trail with overhanging pine trees

our spring begins to bloom and shine
while snow-melt and the river’s flow
bring winter romance to our time

a blue whippet in a black jacket walking through a puddle of melted snow on a forest trail

the forest trail begins to climb
we pause to watch the mountain grow
it’s good to breathe the scent of pine

a blue whippet in a black jacket on her hind legs between the heather, watched by a black whippet in a black jacket from the forest trail

the air tastes pure, so sweet and fine
our woolly hats and ruddy glow
bring winter romance to our time

a black whippet in a black jacket walking towards a blue and white whippet in a black jacket on a forest trail

two seasons meet along fine lines
we cherish both and deeply know
it’s good to breathe the scent of pine
bring winter romance to our time

view across the heather and pine-clad hills towards the snow-capped mountains

This is our second contribution to this month’s Villanelle challenge at dVerse Poets. You can read our first contribution at A Voice that Knows and our third contribution Worth Waiting For has now been published 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)

Below is the complete version of the Villanelle:

it’s good to breathe the scent of pine
the freshness of our lingering snow
brings winter romance to our time

the snow-capped mountain turns to shrine
for seeking peace, a letting go
it’s good to breathe the scent of pine

our spring begins to bloom and shine
while snow-melt and the river’s flow
bring winter romance to our time

the forest trail begins to climb
we pause to watch the mountain grow
it’s good to breathe the scent of pine

the air tastes pure, so sweet and fine
our woolly hats and ruddy glow
bring winter romance to our time

two seasons meet along fine lines
we cherish both and deeply know
it’s good to breathe the scent of pine
bring winter romance to our time

© Xenia Tran

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

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160, f/4.5 – 1/250 s – ISO 200, f/2.8 – 1/250 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/160 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/800 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 160.

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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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Haibun: Mountain Layers

 

a blue whippet in a black winter jacket climbing a mountain with snow fields in the background

 

We tiptoe through layers of grass, brown heather and stone. The mountain’s steady pulse becomes our anchor with the wind whirling around her boulders. We can rest here. We can sip from the rising spring.

sunlight swims
between the melting snow fields
this wildness

© Xenia Tran

 

two whippets in black winter jackets climbing a mountain trail

 

landscape shot of a mountain trail leading towards a corrie with snow fields near the peaks

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/3.2 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160 and f/4.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160.

 

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Finn’s Rubaiyat

 

close up portrait of a blue and white whippet with a pink collar in a sun puddle

 

With yellow, gold and crimson leaves
police dog Finn was chasing thieves
his trusted handler by his side
the wind whipped up around the eaves.

For seven years he’s shared the ride
his handler smiles and brims with pride
a home with kids, a loving wife
taking risks all in their stride.

The fugitive produced a knife
swinging ’round, making a dive
this night will be remembered here
for Finn who nearly lost his life.

His handler fought his worst felt fears
his words spilled out in unshed tears
Finn’s suffering was hard to bear
when reaching out, support appears.

We share and tweet and click and share
hoping that someone, somewhere
will join us here and do the same
make a difference, show we care.

Make new laws in brave Finn’s name
protect the dogs, that’s our aim
we all can help, roll up our sleeves
support Finn’s Law and change the game.

© Xenia Tran

 

close up portrait of a blue and white whippet with a copy of Fabulous Finn by Dave Wardell

 

Frank at dVerse Poets invites us to create a ruba’i (a classical Persian quatrain or double couplet with 13-syllable lines with a rhyme scheme of aaaa or aaba) or a Rubaiyat (a collection of more than one quatrain, frequently made up of 10-syllable or 8-syllable lines). The prompt stays open until 28th February.

Finn’s Rubaiyat is an interlocking Rubaiyat and tells the story of police dog Finn, who was seriously injured when apprehending an offender while on duty with his handler Dave Wardell. Finn’s life was thankfully saved by Dave’s quick-thinking colleagues, an expert team of vets, four hours of surgery and the devoted care of his handler. Dave’s book ‘Fabulous Finn’ tells the story of what happened and Finn’s long road to recovery. Dave believes that Finn’s actions saved his life that night. He was disappointed to learn, in the aftermath, that police dogs are not protected by law. He wanted to use his experience to change that and ensure that police dogs, police horses and other service animals were receiving the protection they deserve.

The campaign for Finn’s Law quickly gathered enough momentum to pass through three Parliamentary readings. It passed its second reading at the House of Lords on Friday 1st March and is scheduled to go before the House of Lords Committee on 19th March 2019.

If you want to show your support you can do so via the hashtags #FinnsLaw #FinnForChange and #FabulousFinn and via Finn’s own Twitter Handle @K9Finn. Dave is on Twitter during #FinnHour (8-9 pm GMT).

I posted a review of Dave Wardell’s (and Lynn Barrett-Lee’s) book ‘Fabulous Finn’ on Goodreads. The book is beautifully written and gives a great insight into the valuable work our police dogs and their human handlers do.

We wish you all a beautiful new week!

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

 

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We are delighted to report that, after passing all its parliamentary stages, Finn’s Law was given Royal Assent late on Monday, 8th April 2019. It has now become an official part of the Animal Welfare Law in England and Wales.

Ruba’i: One More Glance

 

close up shot of black whippet in a blue winter jacket looking over the snow-covered bent grass

 

Glancing at all this beauty, before it melts away
the snow has been amazing, we so wish it could stay
we love it now with all our heart, while we run and play
to touch the stars that sparkle here, brightening our day.

© Xenia Tran

 

close up shot of blue whippet in a purple and black winter jacket looking out over the snow-covered bent grass

 

close up shot of snow flakes on bent grass

Although the snow didn’t stay here long, we are very grateful for the few days we could enjoy it.

Frank at dVerse Poets invites us to create a Ruba’i (a classical Persian quatrain or double couplet with 13-syllable lines and a rhyme scheme of aaaa or aaba) or a Rubaiyat (a collection of more than one quatrain).

Last Friday I posted Fishertown Rubaiyat, an 8-syllable interlocking Rubaiyat, and today I wanted to experiment with the traditional Persian form. If you are interested in playing along, the prompt stays open until the end of the month.

 

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100, f/3.2 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

 

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Haibun: Into the Breeze

 

a black whippet in a maroon and grey winter jacket enjoying the breeze along the shingle shore

 

The weather changes daily. We celebrate the mild when it rains, the sun’s rays and clear blue skies on colder days. It’s the kindest Winter we’ve known since moving to the Highlands.

skipping the season
a pile of books waits
for snow to fall

© Xenia Tran

 

close up shot of a blue whippet in a grey and maroon winter jacket running towards the camera

 

seals sleeping on a sandbar with oystercatchers and seagulls feeding along the shore

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

 

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5, 1/1600 s, ISO 100, f/3.5, 1/1250 s, ISO 100 and f/4, 1/500 s, ISO 100.

 

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Haibun: Two Ravens

 

a black whippet in a maroon winter jacket on a forest trail

 

Our Winter is still relatively mild. The roads are open, snow gates are hooked to the side. This means we can travel. We can travel back to the forests we fell in love with this Summer. The forests that brought us coolness and shade now bring us shelter from the wind. We hear a slight movement in the trees, catch the glimmer in a shimmering eye. Wrapped in mist between the trees it feels like coming home again.

into the woods
with light on their wings
two ravens

© Xenia Tran

 

a black whippet in a maroon winter jacket pausing on a forest trail

 

a black whippet in a maroon winter jacket pausing on a forest trail

We wish 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/3.5, 1/80 s, ISO 200, f/3.5, 1/30 s, ISO 200 and f/3.5, 1/25 s, ISO 200.

 

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We are delighted that you can now download ‘Sharing Our Horizon’ from Apple Books too.