Tanka: Beloved Light

a black whippet in a jacket sniffing washed up leaves on the beach

shoreline gold
the scent of autumn
follows the river
each fleeting moment
we turn to the light

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in a jacket sniffing autumn leaves washed up on the beach

We are deeply honoured and delighted that our poem Where Moss Flows has been published in Dance Into The World, The Tanka Society of America Twentieth Anniversary Anthology (2020). A very big thank you to Michael Dylan Welch for featuring my poem and putting this beautiful anthology together.

Front Cover of Dance Into the World

For a summary of recent poems featured in anthologies please visit our Anthologies page.

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.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 200, f/4.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 250 and f/5.6 – 1/100 s – ISO 200.

Nurturing Thursday: Like a River

Twiglet #206: Looking for Light

Word of the Day Challenge: Beloved

Tanka: Magic Mountain

two whippets in jackets at a fork on the mountain trail

steep trails
my right shoe leans
against the left
there is another world
behind the smiling fairy

© Xenia Tran

a smiling fairy stone resting on lichen and moss

Wishing you all a blessed Thursday and a wonderful 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 – 1/200 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/160 s – ISO 100 and f/3.2 – 1/125 s – ISO 100.

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word 2020-4 (Accessible, Craggy & Hallucinogenic)

Tanka Thursday: Lean

Twiglet #205: My Right Shoe

Your Daily Word Prompt: Ally

Tanka: Tilting Cloud

two whippets on a forest trail in autumn

today’s postcard
of an autumn palette
where clouds tilt
grey turns to vivid blue
hanging on an echo

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet on a forest trail

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Tanka Thursday: Postcard

Twiglet #199: Hanging on an Echo

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Grey turns to Blue

Word of the Day Challenge: Vivid

Haibun: October Wind

two whippets in black rain jackets on a forest trail

Once the hills stop howling we venture out into the woods. There’s still plenty of tree cover to protect us from intermittent drizzle and showers. The heather is turning brown here while further north they’re hanging on to purple. A gentle buzz of hoverflies follows us between fading fireweeds whilst at the waterfall, wild salmon are leaping.

october wind
rain slips through the net
of noughts and crosses

© Xenia Tran

a play area in the forest with large noughts and crosses on the ground

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.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/30 s – ISO 320, f/3.5 – 1/60 s – ISO 500 and f/4 – 1/30 s – ISO 200.

Nurturing Thursday: Preparation

Twiglet #197: Rain through a Net

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Howl

Tanka: Celebration

outcrops with seaweed at low tide

sky holds blue
each route at the crossroads
guided by a star
to celebrate our journeys
with poems old and new

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet walking on tidal sands

A very big thank you and many congratulations to Kristjaan Panneman, who founded Carpe Diem Haiku Kai eight years ago today.

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a blessed 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 – 1/1200 s – ISO 100, f/4 – 1/100 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

Carpe Diem Celebrates its 8th Anniversary

Twiglet #196: Sky Hold Blue

Eve Castle’s Tanka Thursday: Crossroads

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word 2020-2 (Volte Face)

Tanka: Wild Blooms

a blue and white whippet walking on a hill with wildflowers

wildflowers
blooming white and yellow
in the glen
a burn gurgles and lights
the shadow side of mountains

© Xenia Tran

a mountain stream flowing through the glen in Summer

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/2.8 – 1/800 s – ISO 160, f/2.8 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100 and f/4.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge # 151: Autumn Storm & Darkness

Twiglet #189: Blooming White

Word of the Day Challenge: Benevolent

Sunday Stills: Mountains and Valleys

Tanka: Young at Heart

a black whippet running on a narrow trail through heather

ah the joy
of feeling young again
the scent of heather
from this life to afterlife
in the heavy air

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet running on a narrow trail through heather

Wishing you all a very happy Thursday and a wonderful 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 – 1/320 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Rediscover Your Childhood Joys

Twiglet #187: Heavy Air

Your Daily Word Prompt: Intrepid

Haibun: Memories in Motion

a black whippet walking through the dunes below a pine forest

It’s our first journey to the bay since the hundred days of lockdown. In my mind’s eye we visited this pebbled shore a few times, walking through old photos and the memories collected. Now I can feel the wind buffet around us, see my grandmother’s face appear in the clouds once more.

learning to fly
the kindness of herring gulls
on bright water

© Xenia Tran

During lockdown I’ve been looking at new ways of merging poems and images and participated in a few collaborative projects with other poets, artists and photographers. The above video is the first I wove together and you can see the second one I produced in A Star Follows.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx.

Photographs and video by Xenia Tran.

dVerse Poets Poetics: 8th Year Anniversary

Twiglet #185: A Bookish Day

Word of the Day Challenge: Movable

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #108: Sanctuary

Tanka: Buck Moon

portrait of a black and white whippet on the beach with a yellow ball

enlightenment
rubs off a little
from the buck moon
even when she rolls away
the sea and sand shimmer

© Xenia Tran

tidal sands and sandbars covered in seaweed

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a wonderful 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 – 1/640 s – ISO 100, f/6.5 – 1/800 s – ISO 400 and f/5 – 1/800 s – ISO 100.

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #146: Buck Moon

Twiglet #184: Off a Little

Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

Haibun: We Romantics

two whippets on the beach with dramatic clouds fanning through the blue sky

Today is the last day of our lockdown. More than a hundred days of staying at home. In many ways, it’s been a true blessing.

We enjoy the quiet beach, the clean air and water, the way we always do. More than anything, we enjoy the absence of litter. The romantic in me hopes it can stay this way, that tourists will be mindful when they return.

summer galaxy
in a woodland pond
irises bloom

© Xenia Tran

a gentle surf rolling towards the beach under a partly blue sky

Wishing you all a very happy Thursday and a wonderful 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/4.5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100, f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100 and f/5 – 1/1250 s – ISO 100.

Carpe Diem Exploring the Beauty of Haiku #1825: Apokoinou

Frank J Tassone’s Weekly Haikai Challenge #145: Wild Iris

Twiglet #183: We Romantics

Word of the Day Challenge: Imagination