Tanka: Water of Life

Cairngorms National Park

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket drinking from a stream

mountain stream
a pause to drink the water
composed of crystals
the images left behind
of wolves who drank here too

© Xenia Tran

close up shot of water flowing in a clear mountain stream

We wish you all a magical Thursday and a wonderful weekend ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/100 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/125 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/100 s – ISO 200.

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Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Say Cheese

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

Tanka: Leap

a black whippet leaping up bank of shingle with an orange ball

a dog leaps
onto a bank of shingle
every stone
polished by what it lived through
the stories that it holds

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet with an orange ball peering over a bank of shingle

We wish you all a very happy Thursday and a wonderful rest of the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday: Reflections

Word of the Day Challenge: Leap

Tanka: Taking it Easy

two whippets in winter jackets in the dunes with frost on the ground

on colder days
the curdled white in blue skies
offers a world
to cherish beside the fire
close to dunes and marram grass

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in winter jackets in the dunes with frost on the ground

Wishing you all a relaxing 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 160, f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

Your Daily Word Prompt: Perceptive

Tanka: Every Step

a black whippet in a black jacket on the beach with an orange ball

so sacred
the salt in the air and sea
every step
towards the infinite
a new beginning

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in a black jacket on the beach with an orange ball

Wishing you all a peaceful Thursday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ 200, Settings: f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/500 s – ISO 100.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Microcosm

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.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday: Thanksgiving

Your Daily Word Prompt: Kindred

Word of the Day Challenge: Sparkle

dVerse Poets: Open Link Night #255

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.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

dVerse Poets Meeting the Bar: Critique and Craft – Imitation Practice

Your Daily Word Prompt: Incorporate

Word of the Day Prompt: Glorious

Haiku: Heron in the Wood

a whippet in a jacket beside a wooden heron sculpture in autumn woods

moon gazing
the heron changes colour
autumn woods

© Xenia Tran

a palette of browns, russets, greens and golds in autumn woods

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 – 1/125 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/250 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/320 s – ISO 160.

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Deep

Word of the Day Prompt: Light