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.

dVerse Poets: There’s a Shine to the Season

Your Daily Word Prompt: Precious

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My Friend The Seal


When our eyes connect
your spirit seems familiar
from another time
and I wonder where you are
when the wind is strong
and the waves start running wild
while I look for you
the seagulls reassure me
you were made to swim.

Your light continues to shine
in the winter storm
when you reappear above
the churning water
we smile in recognition
of understanding
an ancient bond remembered,
a connection beyond words.

© Xenia Tran


With love to you all,
Eivor xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camara: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, setting: iA.

In response to dVerse Poets Pub Form For All – The Choka

At dVerse, Gayle invites us to write a Choka. The Choka is an unrhymed poem alternating five and seven syllables that ends with an extra seven syllable line. You can use the 17 or 19 onji (syllable) style.  It can be any number of lines that you choose.

Daily Prompt: Float

Tanka: Silent Ripples




sends ripples
along the sea-bound river
touching the stones on the shore

© Xenia Tran




Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Lumix Panasonic FZ38, setting: iA.


In response to Carpe Diem First Winter Retreat 2016 – Find the Silence

Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Relax