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

Haibun: Thistledown

a blue and white whippet pausing on a sandy trail through the dunes

The temperature has dipped this morning. We keep the wind behind us while we navigate the dunes towards the headland. Most of the tourists have gone. This time is a gift to revisit the places we love, when they shift back from ‘must see’ to ordinary.

thistledown
thousands of seeds fly off
for new flowers

© Xenia Tran

close up of thistle flower and seed heads

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: Prickly

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Ordinary

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Melancholy

Puente Poetry: The Best of Neighbours

two whippets on the beach by a wooden post above the tidal lagoon

the seagulls from our roof
feed in the lace the waves push in,
heavy with crab for growing chicks
who will soon be the size of their parents

~ our quirky friends ~

now the best of neighbours
with tilted head and knowing blink
we head for home as the sand disappears
in a hungry sea that swallows every bar

© Xenia Tran

tide flowing into the lagoon, pools and sand bars

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: Lace

Word of the Day Challenge: Quirky

Tanka: Comfort

close up of two whippets running across tidal sands

sea air –
in illness and in health
this comfort
soon carries beyond the blue
of sky and misty mountains

© Xenia Tran

view from the dunes of beach, sea and tidal sand in late summer

Wishing you all good health and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

PI Poetry Prompt: Health

Tanka Thursday: Soon

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

Haibun: Heritage

We notice how much the sands have drifted, since we last walked here. A small dredger is keeping the channel clear for boats that sail in and out of the bay. Young herring gulls learn to fly, encouraged by their elders, with fresh bars for landing and take-off. We are grateful to be back in this special place. Holding a stone with the light bouncing off, I realise how much we missed it.

seals bark
they too are part of
our world

© 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: Heritage

Sunday Stills: Walking in a Burlywood World

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Luminosity

Tanka: Shrine

summer rain
each tree and stone
a shrine
where crofters pray in peace
for this year’s golden harvest

© 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: Shrine

Carpe Diem #1848: Harvest

Puente Poetry: Reading the World

the day opens a new book
of sights, scents and sounds
for the eternally curious
canines we adopted

~ or is it the other way around? ~

who is walking who on any
given day when we take turns
to guide and follow a spark
that bounces from the stars?

© Xenia Tran

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

PI Poetry Prompt: Reading

Sunday Stills: Geometry

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

Tanka: Wild Water

wild water
where sacred music flows
dogs are waiting
at home in this wilderness
we feel its welcome too

© Xenia Tran

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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PI Poetry Prompt: Wild

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Trickle

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