Tanka: Where the Heart Is

two whippets in the dunes

passing clouds
our hearts still walk
on the sunny side
collecting light and sharing it
wherever it is needed

© Xenia Tran

dunes with marram grass and pine trees overlooking the Moray Firth

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: Heart

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in September (Reachable, Linkage)

Wordless Wednesday: A Gift from the Sea

a black whippet walking on tidal sands
a driftwood tree resting on tidal sands

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word (Quotidian, Solitary)

Tanka: A Siskin’s Song

a blue and white whippet walking along a forest trail

woodland pond
all day its darkness
holds the sun
in her light a siskin’s song
flits above the treetops

© Xenia Tran

a woodland pond with trees reflected in the water

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

We are honoured and delighted that A Siskin’s Song was first published in the inaugural issue of Take5, a new journal from The Bamboo Hut for 5 line tanka, gogyohka and gogyoshi. A warm-hearted thank you to Steve Wilkinson for featuring my poem and putting this beautiful edition together.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #163: Keep Walking

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word (Flexuous, Solitary, Astonishing)

Haiku: Destiny

ancient rocks
above us and below us
a river flows

© Xenia Tran

Wishing you all a happy Thursday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word (Continuity, Inward, Reflecting, Stronghold)

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Destiny

Puente Poetry: Spirals

turning into the wood from the old
carriage route where trees breathe through
knots and leaves teaming with bird song
our inner child begins to smile

~ by a stone hopscotch spiral ~

with footprints of fairy folk,
squirrel, pine marten, hare,
badger and sika deer whose presence
we are always feeling

© Xenia Tran

Wishing you all wonderful Thursday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Ground, Sand, Dirt, Paths, Walks, Trails and Roads

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word – Continuity, Inward, Pedestrian, Reflecting

PI Poetry Prompt: Breathe

Wordless Wednesday: Seeking Stillness

Cairngorms National Park

a blue and white whippet in a fleece jacket on the shores of Loch an Eilein
Loch an Eilein and castle in Spring

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 1/4000 s – ISO 500, f/1.8 – 1/4000 s – ISO 220 and f/1.8 – 1/4000 s – ISO 250.

Wordless Wednesday

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word – April 2021 (furry, picturesque)

Sijo: Where Eagles Rise and Soar

Cairngorms National Park

a blue and white whippet in fleece jacket on a mountain trail

catching the scent of deer, their presence feels so near
the trail we’re walking, from glen to hill to snow-filled pass
our eyes rest on the eyrie, where eagles rise and soar

© Xenia Tran

a snow-covered corrie in the Cairngorms

If you’re new to the Sijo form, you can find an earlier poem and short description here.

Wishing you all a blessed Monday and may you stay safe and well,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/5.6 – 1/1250 s – ISO 400, f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 400 and f/8 – 1/500 s – ISO 100.

PI Poetry Prompt: Soar

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word – April 2021 (furry)

Weekend Sky #25

Tanka: The Gift

two whippets in winter jackets on the beach, one of them chasing a ball

sunshine breeze
a present
in the gull’s eyes
that looks older than today
even when it’s younger

© Xenia Tran

view from the beach of a tidal lagoon and sand bar

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

Tanka Thursday: Present

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word (Variegated)

Tanka: Choices

a young crow on top of a fence in the snow

at peace
the crow and I
side by side
we have more directions
in which to wander

© Xenia Tran

a snow-covered promenade beside the seashore

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200, f/5.6 – 1/250 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/500 s – ISO 100.

Tanka Thursday: Bird(s) or Name of a Bird

Twiglet #214: We Have More

Thurday’s Special: Pick a Word – Cohabitation

Haiku: Aureate

two whippets in an aureate autumnal forest with the sun coming through

new beginnings
the sun tips her healing warmth
on autumn’s gold

© Xenia Tran

a blue sky over the loch below an autumnal forest

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/125 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/200 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/250 s – ISO 160.

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word – 2020-3 (Aureate, Canine)

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #122: The Sun will come out Tomorrow

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #331: First & Heal (Beginnings & Healing)