Tanka: Light Beams

two whippets in black jackets near a grassy bank

drawn in
once the rain passes
through the glen
the first cowslips of spring
reveal a tender yellow

© Xenia Tran

early cowslip blooming in wet grass

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Tanka Thursday: Spring

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Beam

Haiku: Shifting Clouds

a blue and white whippet in a black jacket walking through fields with cowslip and gorse

shifting clouds –
everywhere we look
yellow flowers

© Xenia Tran

rain coming down over the hills in the distance with gorse between the farmer's fields

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.

Weekly Prompts Weekend Colour Challenge: Mellow Yellow

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Shift

Wordless Wednesday: Spring Flowers

a senior black whippet in a maroon and grey jacket on a woodland trail
daffodils and spring grass

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Gracious

Tanka: Interlaced Reflections

a wooden bridge and leafless trees reflected in a small loch

morning dew
a bridge and trees
interweave
the wild and the man-made
in the loch’s reflection

© Xenia Tran

a black senior whippet in a warm jacket on a woodland trail beside a small loch

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: Wild

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Interlace

Tanka: Tree Spirits

a large piece of driftwood on the beach draped with seaweed and a whippet walking behind it on the sand

east to west
in the warm wind
driftwood
filled with song from places
where a quiet bird listens

© Xenia Tran

a large piece of driftwood on the beach with seaweed draped around it

The willow trees and shorter pieces we saw on the beach reminded me of ‘Willow’ from Spell Songs, so here is some music for you today too:

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.

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Pitch

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Short

Haibun: All the Long Season

Cairngorms National Park

a blue and white whippet and a black whippet in winter jackets approaching each other on a forest trail

A few snowflakes brush our faces and melt before touching the ground. We are not sure, where they came from. The patch of sky above us is translucent blue. Across the loch, clouds hover above the snow-capped peaks. Perhaps they travelled from there, on the wind.

crossing the bridge
the sound of spring
in flowing water

© Xenia Tran

driftwood sticking out of the loch near the shore with snow-capped peaks in the background

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.

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Long

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Flake

Wordless Wednesday: Light Frost

two whippets in winter jackets pausing on a forest trail
a woodland stream with frost on the grass in the shadow of the trees

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Residue

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

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

Haiku: Spring Breeze

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket climbing through the dunes

spring breeze –
our shadows weave through
dunes and grasses

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket climbing through the dunes

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 #191: Curves

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Cluster