Haibun: Beginnings

Cairngorms National Park

two whippets in winter jackets side by side on a forest hill

We walk on to a raised clearing in the forest where the light comes through. It is easy to see from here, how different trees relate to each other. The path of their voice flows through roots beneath our feet, through leafless branches. For anyone still enough to listen, a portal opens into this kinder world, this circle of giving and receiving.

light snow
on the higher ground
a new beginning

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet and a black whippet in winter jackets on a forest trail

We wish you all a wonderful Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/60 s – ISO 125 and f/2.8 – 1/80 s – ISO 160.

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Quadrille: Day-Moon Glow

a blue and white whippet walking across a sandbar, sniffing the ground

In our blue sky the day moon glows, while the sun rises
she spreads her hands in tidal flows and nature’s sweet surprises

we walk on in gratitude for all the love she shows
seals cast us a knowing glance, grace in gentle guises.

© Xenia Tran

a common seal swimming in the tidal flow, looking slightly past us

This quadrille is also a ruba’i, a form of Persian poetry, usually written as two couplets or a quatrain with a rhyme scheme of aaaa or aaba and thirteen syllables per line. Because of the 44-word limit of the quadrille I’ve slightly bent the rules for the ruba’i. You can find an earlier example of a ruba’i in One More Glance, a poem that also features in Between Heather and Grass.

Wishing you all a beautiful Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/6.5 – 1/160 s – ISO 160.

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Haibun: Moon Echoes

two whippets in winter jackets running together on the beach

The beach is still covered in driftwood while the sea oozes calm. We come here again and again, for poems and photographs, playing ball and silver shimmies. Yet every day is different. The crispness of the air, the salt on our lips. There’s always a variation, a moment within us, born anew.

the circles in life
as round as December’s moon
echoes, echoes

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in winter jackets running together on the beach

Wishing you all a wonderful Thursday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/800 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/640 s – ISO 100.

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Haibun: Weaving the Way

two whippets walking down a forest trail towards the camera

Thank you to the leaves, from lanterns in Spring, Summer greens and Autumn gold, scattered petals that feed the soil. You’ve brought us joy, you’ve brought us shade from the blazing sun, shelter from wind and rain. You clear the air we breathe, always giving and giving.

returning home
morning dew sparkles
weaving the way

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in black jackets on a hill trail

We wish you all a wonderful Thursday and to all our friends in the US who celebrate, a very Happy Thanksgiving.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/160 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/640 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 160.

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Tanka Prose: Walking with Saigyõ

a black whippet in a black jacket striding down a mountain trail

Matsuo Bashõ (1644-1694) is one of the world’s best known haiku poets and his work has been guiding me along a poetic journey that offers me a space to pause and breathe. He carried the poems of Saigyõ (1118-1190) under his arm and I was curious to read what Bashõ was reading. Saigyõ gazed at the moon and flowers in many different places. According to Gary Snyder, Saigyõ takes the moon into his mind and out again, opening a new way of seeing the universe.

It is something I can relate to, climbing this hill. I see the colours unfolding in echoes of moonlight and sun. There are still remnants of purple on the higher ground, where the heather was late to flower.

ancestral moon
autumn’s deep places
in our heart between
the green, gold and violet
mirrors everywhere

© Xenia Tran

view from a hill over heather, pine and golden birch

This piece was inspired by Saigyõ’s Mirror of the Moon (translated by Gary Snyder, 1978). I love the way Saigyõ’s tanka can be read both as the lines fall on the page and in reverse order, something I love to aim for when writing my own tanka.

Wishing you all a magical Thursday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/640 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/400 s – ISO 160.

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Tanka: Beaver Moon

two whippets in black jackets on a forest trail in autumn colours

yellow and gold
leaves begin to fall
like the first time
we see the sky together
the beaver moon through the trees

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet and a blue and white whippet in black jackets on an autumnal forest trail

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/3.2 – 1/200 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/200 s – ISO 100.

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Haibun: In Praise of Trees

Cairngorms National Park

two whippets on a forest trail with pine trees and blooming heather

‘I’ve lived here fifteen years and never saw this trail before.’ We smile. It’s easy to miss when you’re not looking. We’re grateful we discovered it. Guided by a magician’s flute, a song of butterflies.

tranquility
inside a bell chimes
in praise of trees

© Xenia Tran

Cairngorms National Park pine trees and heather in bloom

Wishing you all a blissful 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 – 1/80 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/100 s – ISO 100.

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