Dreamcatcher was first published in Frameless Sky Issue 12, a poetry video journal featuring artwork by Hemapriya Chellappan, music by Corine Timmer and poems from more than fifty poets from all corners of the world. A very big thank you to Christine L Villa and Shloka Shankar for featuring my poem and putting this beautiful edition together.
Dreamcatcher was subsequently featured in Akita International Haiku Network’s World Haiku Series 2020 with a beautiful Japanese translation by Mr Hidenori Hiruta. A warm-hearted thank you to Mr Hiruta for including this poem in respect of the 326th anniversary of Matsuo Bashõ’s passing and all the souls of those who lost their lives to COVID-19.
Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.
Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100, f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 125.
The sea retreats as the sun rises, leaving ripples in sand and glittering water. It’s great to be back on the beach. Pearl runs after balls and catches them mid-air. Eivor walks more quietly and gazes past the headland. We both rest our eyes on the mountains and hear a gentle voice saying Stay, stay a little longer.
august moon walking through tidal pools a star follows
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
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.
After an invigorating walk on the beach this morning, we received some lovely news from our friends across the pond.
Last month we were honoured and delighted to have the above taiga (a haiga with a tanka) featured as part of the Tanka Society of America’s 20th Anniversary celebrations. Twenty-one taiga were featured in total, created by tanka poets from around the world.
Christine L Villa has now brought these contributions together in a beautiful video for all of you to enjoy:
A very big thank you to Susan Burch and Christine L Villa for this wonderful project!
The original tanka and image from which our taiga was created can be seen in last year’s post Zen Meditation.
We wish you all a very happy Monday and a beautiful week ahead,
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160, f/4 – 1/1250 s – ISO 160 and f/4.5 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.
We are delighted that the above tanka and the third image were combined into a taiga in honour of the Tanka Society of America’s 20th Anniversary Celebration for a special feature during April 2020. Christine L Villa created a beautiful video in May 2020 that brings all the featured taiga together in one place. A very big thank you to Susan Burch and Christine L Villa for featuring my work and putting these two wonderful projects together.