Tanka: Sweet Music

a brindle whippet in a yellow and black jacket on a forest trail

sweet music
where rain drops meet the flow
of a woodland stream
the way two waters meet
within sight of a mountain

© Xenia Tran

rain falling on a mountain stream weaving through an autumnal forest

It is six months ago today when we first met Misty and set out on our journey together. And what a blessing she has been and continues to be.

We are very grateful that we found each other and wish you all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week.

With love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #228: Diagonals

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #155

Tanka: Autumn Glories

Cairngorms National Park

a brindle whippet in a yellow jacket walking between pine and birch trees in the forest

leafless birch
a sense of home folded
in dappled light
we look up at the trees
across the rippled water

© Xenia Tran

a puddle reflecting the sky and nearby shrubs on the beach

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #227: Home Sweet Home

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #154

Tanka: Gulls and Geese

a smiling brindle whippet in a red jacket walking across tidal sands

gulls chatter
on the other side of the rocks
looking round
the sky suddenly fills
with a thousand voices

© Xenia Tran

tidal pools, rock pools, rocks and the sea under a blue sky

In other news, we are delighted that my poems First LightEarthlightAccepting the Sun and Shenandoah have been included in The Haiku Way to Healing Anthology edited by Robert Epstein (2022) …

Robert Epstein The Haik Way to Healing Anthology

… and for our Dutch readers:

OchtendschemerRozen Snoeien and Nachtvissen have been included in Aan Het Woord 2022 – Lange Verhalen, edited by Riet de Bakker, Jan Guichelaar, Henk van der Werff and Jean-Marie Werrebrouck, published by Haiku Kring Nederland and Haiku-centrum Vlaanderen (2022).

Lange Verhalen, Aan het Woord 2022 Anthology

Dorpswinkel appears in the Haiku-kantelkalender 2023. The calendar features fifty-two haiku by poets from Belgium and The Netherlands and is available from Haiku-centrum Vlaanderen. A very big thank you to Régine Dendooven and the team for including my poem and putting this beautiful calendar together.

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Tanka Thursday: Round

CMMC: November Pick a Topic from my Photo (Water, Reflections)

Tanka: Where we Belong

close up of a smiling brindle whippet in a red jacket

waiting for the sun
to shine her radiant light
where we belong
hope breathes and warms
the autumn wind

© Xenia Tran

a smiling brindle whippet in a red jacket on a forest trail

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Tanka Thursday: Wait

Word of the Day Challenge: Hope

Tanka: Autumn Dance

a smiling brindle whippet in a red jacket walking on the loch shore

autumn’s dance
clouds rise and rise
to reveal
ancient pine and golden birch
at the foot of each mountain

© Xenia Tran

low cloud hanging above the trees, obscuring the mountain

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #150

Tanka: Catching the Light

a brindle whippet on a forest trail before it reaches a clearing

pebbles and cones
a brindle dog catches
the light
we marvel how one seed
can grow a whole new forest

© Xenia Tran

view from a forest trail across the hills and woods beyond

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Tanka Thursday: Pebble

CMMC: October Pick a Topic from my Photo (dog, trail, grass, trees)

Tanka: Smiles in the Grass

a smiling brindle whippet running through the dunes

oh may the fog lift
high enough so we can see
how you fly briefly
one smile after another
through the marram grass

© Xenia Tran

a smiling brindle whippet running through the dunes

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Tanka Thursday: Lift

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #220: One Subject Three Ways

Tanka: New-Found Sparkle

close up of a brindle whippet looking up to her right in the forest

admiring
rocks and waterfalls
autumn leaves
the streams that thread
a new-found sparkle

© Xenia Tran

a waterfall with multiple streams cascading down over the rocks

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #147

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Admire

Tanka: Stag’s Roar

close up of a brindle whippet peering over a dry stone wall

smooth moss
covers the stones
within sight
a stag roars near the
sunny side of the mountain

© Xenia Tran

a hill in the distance with late heather in bloom

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

CFFC: Smooth

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in September 2022 (bounded)

Tanka: The Same Light

a brindle whippet walking on the sandy banks of a river

autumn colours
the same light mapping
our moment
on the banks of a river
where others walked before

© Xenia Tran

the river Tay in early autumn with ducks bathing in the foreground

Wishing you all a happy Thursday,

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Tanka Thursday: Moment

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #145