Quadrille: Day-Moon Glow

a blue and white whippet walking across a sandbar, sniffing the ground

In our blue sky the day moon glows, while the sun rises
she spreads her hands in tidal flows and nature’s sweet surprises

we walk on in gratitude for all the love she shows
seals cast us a knowing glance, grace in gentle guises.

© Xenia Tran

a common seal swimming in the tidal flow, looking slightly past us

This quadrille is also a ruba’i, a form of Persian poetry, usually written as two couplets or a quatrain with a rhyme scheme of aaaa or aaba and thirteen syllables per line. Because of the 44-word limit of the quadrille I’ve slightly bent the rules for the ruba’i. You can find an earlier example of a ruba’i in One More Glance, a poem that also features in Between Heather and Grass.

Wishing you all a beautiful Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/6.5 – 1/160 s – ISO 160.

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Ruba’i: One More Glance

close up shot of black whippet in a blue winter jacket looking over the snow-covered bent grass

Glancing at all this beauty, before it melts away
the snow has been amazing, we so wish it could stay
we love it now with all our heart, while we run and play
to touch the stars that sparkle here, brightening our day.

© Xenia Tran

close up shot of blue whippet in a purple and black winter jacket looking out over the snow-covered bent grass
close up shot of snow flakes on bent grass

Although the snow didn’t stay here long, we are very grateful for the few days we could enjoy it.

Frank at dVerse Poets invites us to create a Ruba’i (a classical Persian quatrain or double couplet with 13-syllable lines and a rhyme scheme of aaaa or aaba) or a Rubaiyat (a collection of more than one quatrain).

Last Friday I posted Fishertown Rubaiyat, an 8-syllable interlocking Rubaiyat, and today I wanted to experiment with the traditional Persian form. If you are interested in playing along, the prompt stays open until the end of the month.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100, f/3.2 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

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This poem features in Between Heather and Grass. If you haven’t read the book yet, feel free to take a peek inside:

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