Haibun: This World We Sail In

Glen Affric

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket climbing a hill on a forest trail

There are so many ways to climb the hill. Stone steps are here for those who stride big, who like something solid underfoot. I prefer to take smaller steps, feel the soil between my toes, the earth’s heartbeat.

may flowers
this forest speaks of growing
your own star

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in black jackets on a forest trail with stone steps and exposed tree roots

We pause to read messages left here by the deer, hear the swish of dippers’ wings above the flowing waters. It’s in the silence, where we hear our guidance speak.

this world we sail in
the water on the outside
spurs the dream

© Xenia Tran

the water flowing down Plodda Falls in Glen Affric in spring

This is our final post in the current Glen Affric series, a beautiful nature reserve in the Scottish Highlands.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/60 s – ISO 200, f/2.8 – 1/160 s – ISO 100 and f/8 – 1/25 s – ISO 100.

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Haiku: Nature’s Voice

Glen Affric

two whippets in black jackets on a forest trail with green heather and spring leaves

climbing this hill
the voice of the tumbling burn
a true companion

© Xenia Tran

two whippets in black jackets on a forest trail looking down onto a burn between the trees
the lower part of a water fall splashing into a burn with smaller cascades around it

(‘burn’ is a Scottish word for ‘stream’)

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/3.2 – 1/250 s – ISO 100, f/3.2 – 1/200 s ISO 100 and f/4.5 – 1/50 s – ISO 100.

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Lai Nouveau: Seashore Anew

a black whippet sniffing a seaweed covered breakwater on tidal sands

soothing rise and fall
the sea helps us all
relax
wolfhound’s ancient call
mountains rising tall
perhaps
scale the old sea wall
throw me a new ball

letting us grow tall
helping us seal all
the cracks
blue sky’s magical
readiness enthrals
our tracks
the sea helps us all
soothing rise and fall

© Xenia Tran

close up of a black whippet looking over his shoulder beside a breakwater at low tide
a blue and white whippet chasing a pink ball on the beach

This is our second contribution to dVerse Poets’ Lai and Lai Nouveau Challenge.

A Lai is a French poetry form consisting of a five-syllable couplet followed by a two-syllable line. The number of lines in each stanza is fixed at nine and the couplets must rhyme with each other, as must the two-syllable lines. The number of stanzas is not fixed and each stanza has its own rhyme pattern. The stanza’s rhyme pattern is: a a b a a b a a b.

A Lai Nouveau is considered to be slightly more challenging than the Lai. It has an eight-line stanza and is similar in idea to the Villanelle. In the Lai Nouveau the first two lines are the refrain and are used as the last lines of the subsequent verses with the last verse including the refrain lines in reverse order. The stanza rhyme patterns are: A1 A2 b a a b a a and a a b a a b A2 A1.

You can read our first contribution, River Affric, on our sister blog Tranature.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/500 s – ISO 100 and f/3.2 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

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