Haibun: Earthly Paradise

two whippets climbing a hilly forest trail in autumn

After the rain the river is in spate and we hear her gurgle through the glen from a higher, drier trail. Every now and then we see her glitter through the trees. The birch are scattering golden leaves, the heather is turning brown. The autumn air feels both earthly and spiritual when we hear the elements speak.

mountain trail
the prayer beads
she left me

© Xenia Tran

close up of water flowing in a peaty river in spate

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.

The above haiku (without the prose) was first published in Troutswirl – The Haiku Foundation Blog, Haiku Dialogue: Finding Peace and Contemplation – in the Great Outdoors – among mountains, 18 August 2021. A warm-hearted thank you to guest-editor Marietta McGregor for selecting my poem and the team at Troutswirl for putting this beautiful edition together.

PI Poetry Prompt: Dante

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #169: The Ordinary

Haiku: One Breath

a wooden bridge over a stream in the forest

autumn leaf
this life and the next
one breath

© Xenia Tran

two whippets approaching a wooden bridge over a stream in a forest
a golden fern lit up by the low sun in the forest

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 #168: Seen Better Days

Carpe Diem #1850: Dried Grass

Haiku: A Fair Wind

cloudy loch
the geese head south
on a fair wind

© Xenia Tran

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 #164: Looking Up/Down

Word of the Day Challenge: Daylight

Tanka: A Siskin’s Song

a blue and white whippet walking along a forest trail

woodland pond
all day its darkness
holds the sun
in her light a siskin’s song
flits above the treetops

© Xenia Tran

a woodland pond with trees reflected in the water

Wishing you all a wonderful Thursday and a blessed rest of the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

We are honoured and delighted that A Siskin’s Song was first published in the inaugural issue of Take5, a new journal from The Bamboo Hut for 5 line tanka, gogyohka and gogyoshi. A warm-hearted thank you to Steve Wilkinson for featuring my poem and putting this beautiful edition together.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #163: Keep Walking

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word (Flexuous, Solitary, Astonishing)

Haibun: The Season Keeps on Walking

Ground-nesting birds have fledged and it is safe to return to the wetlands. The lack of rain in Summer shows itself in scattered leaves and dried out bushes. A hint of gold begins to glitter in the reeds, offering us an early glimpse where Autumn’s cloak will fall.

earth to sky
the pond holds the lines
of the mother tree

© Xenia Tran

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.

PI Poetry Prompt: Fall

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #163: Keep Walking

Word of the Day Challenge: Indicative

Puente Poetry: All About the Light

a storm is silently approaching
where the crows whirl in the sky
an old man smiles behind his gate,
points across the bay and says

~ it is all about the light ~

and we love to run towards it
even on the darkest, wettest days
there are cracks in passing clouds
where smaller rays can shine

© Xenia Tran

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

PI Poetry Prompt: Gate

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #162: It’s All About the Light

Wordless Wednesday: Eternal Inspiration

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #160: Your Inspiration

Tanka: Walking Back in Time

old road
we walk back in time
between the trees
from last year’s seeds
whose dream is now emerging

© Xenia Tran

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.

Tanka Thursday: Walk

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #159: Postcards

dVerse Poets: Open Link Night #297

Haibun: Table-top Rock

Summer is in full swing and tourists bring a bit of buzz to the beach. There are kites in the air and paddle boarders on the water. Wild-swimmers wade through the shallows with orange inflatables. We slip away to where nature makes the only sound. The gentle lapping of waves, the chant of oystercatchers piping.

table-top rock
our dogs invite us
to dinner

© Xenia Tran

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

PI Prompt: Table

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #157: Getting Away

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Whirlwind

Puente Poetry: Waterfall

Assynt

scrambling through the gorge
we follow the stream and sound
of falling water, famed
in myth and legend

~ we feel a presence ~

stretching to eavesdrop
on voices that greet us
rising from the rocks with
their smiling, fleeting faces

© Xenia Tran

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

We are deeply honoured and delighted that this poem features on Poetry Ireland’s Poet in Residence Blog for July 2021. A big thank you to Catherine Ann Cullen and Poetry Ireland for sharing my work in this way.

PI Poetry Prompt: Eavesdrop

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #155: On the Water