Haiku: Shifting Clouds

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket walking through fields with cowslip and gorse

shifting clouds –
everywhere we look
yellow flowers

© Xenia Tran

rain coming down over the hills in the distance with gorse between the farmer's fields

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Weekly Prompts Weekend Colour Challenge: Mellow Yellow

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Shift

Haiku: Blessed Rain

the backs of two whippets in black jackets sniffing wet spring grass

blessed rain –
how earth creates
its own miracles

© Xenia Tran

a smiling blue and white whippet in a black jacket ankle-deep in lush green grass with a black whippet behind her

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.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #197: The Rule of Thirds

Word of the Day Challenge: Bliss

Haibun: All the Long Season

Cairngorms National Park

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

A few snowflakes brush our faces and melt before touching the ground. We are not sure, where they came from. The patch of sky above us is translucent blue. Across the loch, clouds hover above the snow-capped peaks. Perhaps they travelled from there, on the wind.

crossing the bridge
the sound of spring
in flowing water

© Xenia Tran

driftwood sticking out of the loch near the shore with snow-capped peaks in the background

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Long

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Flake

Haiku: Spring Grass

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket walking down a narrow forest trail

green grass
even in the shadows
signs of spring

© Xenia Tran

a forest trail with pine trees either side creating an arch

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

CMMC: Spring or Autumn Season

Your Daily Word Prompt: Epitomize

Haiku: Eyes so Blue

two whippets in black jackets walking onto the beach from the dunes

eyes so blue
the child’s first glimpse
of the sea

© Xenia Tran

Presence #72, March 2022

shingle and dunes in the foreground above the beach and water

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Word of the Day Challenge: Jubilant

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word – March 2022 (asperous, effusive)

World Haiku Series 2021 (52) Haiku by Xenia Tran

The Akita International Haiku Network has organised the World Haiku Series 2021 ‘as a token of gratitude to our friends for their great contribution and their deep love of haiku’ and I am deeply humbled, honoured and grateful to contribute haiku and images to these special series too. A warm-hearted thank you to Mr Hidenori Hiruta for his beautiful translations, to the Akita International Haiku Network for the organisation and to all the sponsors who made this series possible.

Akita International Haiku Network

1

st brigid’s day

hand in hand we brace

the snow storm

(Whippet Wisdom blog, 1 February 2021)

聖ブリジッドの日

手をつないで気を引き締める

吹雪

2

settling down

three generations

of oxen

(Asahi Haikuist Network, The Asahi Shimbun, 5 February 2021)

くつろぐ

牛の

3世代

3

cherry blossom

an old pen

fills with ink

(Autumn Moon Haiku Journal 4:2, Spring/Summer 2021)

桜の花

古いペン

インクで満たす

4

desert flower

carving out this life

around the sun

(Haiku Dialogue, Troutswirl, The Haiku Foundation Blog, 4 March 2021)

砂漠の花

この人生を切り開く

太陽の周りで

5

lost and found

a barn key glitters

in the moonlight

(Asahi Haikuist Network, The Asahi Shimbun, 17 September 2021)

遺失物取扱所

納屋の鍵がきらめく

月光の下で

6

first light

we flock to save

the stranded dolphin

(Haiku Dialogue, Troutswirl, The Haiku Foundation Blog, 4 August 2021)

最初の光

救うために集まる

岸に乗り上げたイルカを

7

autumn leaf

this life and the next

one breath

(Whippet Wisdom blog, 7 October 2021)

紅葉

この人生と次の人生

一息

8

lighting the…

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Haiku: Spring Breeze

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket climbing through the dunes

spring breeze –
our shadows weave through
dunes and grasses

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket climbing through the dunes

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #191: Curves

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Cluster

Haibun: Waymarkers

two whippets on a trail through the dunes leading to the sea

After a frosty night, the sun warms the day. The light shines through leafless trees, glitters in the brown heather. A sandy trail meanders through gorse and pine towards the sea.

gentle breeze
a wagtail darts in and out
of the shadows

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in a winter jacket on top of the dunes by the sea

Wishing you all a blessed Monday and a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Weekly Prompts Colour Challenge: Brown

Haibun: The Way Home

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket on a forest trail

It is safe to return to the woods now the storms have passed and it takes a while to find our bearings. Where once was a path, the ground is covered with fallen branches. Where, until recently, trees stood filled with squirrels and birdsong, we discover wide open spaces filled with light. The usual landmarks where we would turn right and right again have disappeared and we fall back on an ancient, inner compass.

deep forest
each journey still rooted
in the soil

© Xenia Tran

close up of fallen branches and seeds from a young pine tree

We hope you all stayed safe in the storms and wish you a blessed Monday and a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

PI Poetry Prompt: Storm

Weekly Prompt Weekend Challenge: Close-Up

Haibun: Lines of Vulnerability

WW2 defences crumbling and sinking into tidal sands

World War Two defences along our coast are tilting and sinking into tidal sands. Blocks of cement filled with local stone were here to stop tanks arriving via ship and water. After the war, these lines were left here, just in case. Today, some are used to rest towels of swimmers and surfers. Others become picnic tables or a shelter from the wind. When you touch them with your hand you feel the vibration of wind and waves, the pulse of the earth in the local stone. There is a lot to be grateful for when we remember all those who helped us live in peace.

how soon
a stream flows out
to sea

© Xenia Tran

close up of a black whippet in a winter jacket sniffing paw prints in the sand

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #185: Change

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Fragile