Supporting Children with Cancer UK and Dogs Trust

We are delighted to make another donation of £150 to Children with Cancer UK with proceeds and royalties raised through Between Heather and Grass during the 2021-2022 tax year.

Between Heather and Grass is our second book of poems and images inspired by our beloved whippets Eivor (2010-2022) and Pearl (2011-2022), and was especially created in memory of our nephew Jamie.

Children with Cancer UK is the leading national children’s charity whose vision is a world where every child survives cancer. They work to develop safer, kinder and more effective childhood cancer therapies, with fewer toxic side effects.

They are there when families need help most. By funding welfare projects, delivering unforgettable events and fostering a loving environment, they strive to make the world a happier place for the children who are diagnosed with cancer.

It is with a warm heart and gratitude we are able to continue to make a donation to this amazing charity.

To find out more about their work or if you want to support the charity directly please visit their website here.

2022 Donation Certificate from Dogs Trust

We are equally delighted to donate the same amount once more to Dogs Trust this year.

Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and has been caring for dogs in need for over 130 years. They take in dogs that have been abandoned or handed in by owners who could no longer care for them and find them new, loving forever homes.

They have twenty-one rehoming centres across the UK and provide Home from Home foster care for dogs who are not comfortable in kennels or when the kennels are full, and Freedom Project foster care, special foster homes for dogs from families fleeing domestic violence. In addition to these services they run educational programmes in schools, training programmes for owners and actively campaign on dog welfare-related issues.

To find out more about their work, adopting a dog, fostering, volunteering or to support Dogs Trust directly, please visit their website here.

haiku Divine Love by Xenia Tran from Between Heather and Grass

This book is now also a tribute to Eivor and Pearl and the wonderful journey through life that we were blessed enough to share.

A very big thank you to all you fabulous people who have bought a copy of Between Heather and Grass, left a review and helped to spread the word.

If the book is new to you feel free to click on the icon below for a peek inside …

Book to Look look inside cover for Between Heather and Grass

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Journey

CMMC: August Alphabet – Letter ‘N’ in the Middle of a Word (Donation)

Tanka: Sea Lace

an elderly brindle whippet in a red jacket climbing lichen-covered rocks

sea lace
the first step
so small
nobody knew
the size of the ocean

© Xenia Tran

Ribbons, Spring/Summer 2022: Volume 18, Number 2

lichen-covered rocks on the beach with the sea behind them

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #131

CFFC: Landscapes or Seascapes

Thursday’s Specials: Pick a Word in June 2022 (Bouldery, Perched, Surging)

Tanka: Mist of Seasons

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket sniffing the grass beneath a wire fence

morning mist –
the slower I go
the more I see
kind souls who went before me
fly with me in the wind

© Xenia Tran

Ribbons, Winter 2022: Volume 18, Number 1

a senior black whippet in a winter jacket walking across a hill beside a fire fence

Wishing you all a blessed 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: Season

Tanka: Snow Melt

For Seamus

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket walking towards a forest stream

snow melt
how soon our seasons feed
the bubbling stream
I still see you bending down
to drink its water

© Xenia Tran

Ribbons, Winter 2020: Volume 16, Number 1

Member’s Choice Tanka, Honourable Mention, Ribbons, Spring/Summer 2021: Volume 16, Number 2

a stream filled with snow-melt in an ancient pine forest

Seamus, a sweet lurcher whom we adopted many years ago who lived to the ripe age of thirteen, would always stop here for a drink from the stream. Ever since his passing, we find ourselves pausing at the very same spot on our walks, as if we are still waiting for him to have a drink. One of those moments inspired the above poem, which was first published in the Winter 2020 edition of Ribbons.

The poem was subsequently selected by Susan Constable as a Member’s Choice Tanka with an Honourable Mention and published in the Spring/Summer 2020 edition of Ribbons. This was her commentary and interpretation of the poem:

Xenia’s tanka adheres to a more traditional tanka form, with its s/l/s/l/l lines (both visual and aural), and its use of vivid images. I appreciate the assonance (the rhyme of vowel sounds, not necessarily the repetition of a particular letter) which appears in the words seasons/feed/stream, the alliteration of B’s in bubbling/bending, and the numerous T’s throughout the tanka. There’s also a lovely rhythm to the lines which are written with an almost-perfect iambic metre. All these pleasing sounds echo and enrich the arresting imagery.

This tanka provides some comfortable dreaming room, so my interpretations may not match those of other readers or, in fact, those of the poet. However, I sense the all-too-fast passing of time as winter melts into spring, and the poet and/or narrator grows older. I also feel the loss of a loved one who once bent to drink from this stream and, metaphorically, from Life itself.

Thank you Susan for selecting this poem as one of your honourable mention poems and for your thoughtful interpretation.

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.

CFFC: Earth

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Guide

Word of the Day Challenge: Lyrical

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)

Tanka: Pieces

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket on the shingle above the beach

driftwood trees
after the storm
men gather
with bent backs and rusty saws
we help pick up the pieces

© Xenia Tran

Take 5ive, Issue One, Twenty Twenty Two

close up of sawn off pieces of driftwood

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.

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Variation

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Manifold

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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Tanka: Seeds of Love

a whippet in a winter jacket on a forest trail walking towards a tall man's shadow

fallen trees –
a deeper soul can see
angels in shadows
scatter seeds of love
for healing and renewal

© Xenia Tran

close up of a recently cut tree stump in a winter forest

We are deeply honoured and delighted that an earlier tanka I wrote for Tanka Thursday, Soft and Forgiving, has been included in Self-Portrait, Tanka Society of America 2021 Members’ Anthology. A warm-hearted thank you to Michael H Lester for selecting my poem and putting this beautiful edition together and to Eve Castle, for providing the initial inspiration for the poem with her lovely prompt.

book cover of Self-Portrait, TSA 2021 Anthology

Wishing you all a blessed 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: Angel

Word of the Day Challenge: Magnifying

New Year’s Blessing, micropoetry by Xenia Tran at Spillwords.com

Spillwords.com presents: New Year’s Blessing, micropoetry by Xenia Tran, artist & photographer who lives and works in the Scottish Highlands.

Source: New Year’s Blessing, micropoetry by Xenia Tran at Spillwords.com

I am deeply honoured and delighted that my poem New Year’s Blessing was published on Spillwords earlier today.

A warm-hearted thank you to Dagmara K and the Spillwords team for selecting and featuring my poem here.

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Haiku: A New Dawn

silhouette of a whippet climbing the dunes between marram grass

early dawn
he fills the doorframe
with his laughter

© Xenia Tran

Honourable Mention in the 22nd HIA Haiku Contest (2020). A warm-hearted thank you to David Burleigh for selecting my poem and many congratulations to all the other winners.

a small part of a rainbow visible across the mountains on the opposite shore

Yesterday we received a lovely surprise:

European Top 100 Most Creative Haiku Authors Certificate for Xenia Tran

I am deeply honoured and delighted to be included in the European Top 100 Most Creative Haiku Authors in 2021. A warm-hearted thank you to Krzysztof Kokot for selecting me and many congratulations to all my fellow European poets.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2022 and a peaceful year ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Weekly Prompts Colour Challenge: A New Dawn