Haiku: Dreamcatcher

a blue and white whippet on the beach on a misty morning

dreamcatcher
our old telepathy
works again

© Xenia Tran

tidal outcrops in the firth with a cormorant drying its wings

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.

Nurturing Thursday

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Haibun: A Star Follows

a black whippet walking through a tidal pool with a ball

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

© Xenia Tran

a blue and white whippet running through a tidal pool with a ball

The above haiku is an echo poem to the closing haiku in A Message from the Stars, a tribute to our nephew Jamie Baker (1977-1986) that features in Between Heather and Grass.

Below is a trailer video for the book which includes this haiku, as well as a clip of Eivor and Pearl on the beach you see in the photographs above.

A special post will follow later this month about the money we have raised so far with the sale of the book.

We wish 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: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/2000 s – ISO 100.

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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.

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Taiga Video Feature

After an invigorating walk on the beach this morning, we received some lovely news from our friends across the pond.

an image of Loch Morlich with a tanka poem by Xenia Tran

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,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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Recent publications in journals, anthologies, video and full-length collections:

Tanka: Zen Meditation

Loch Morlich

a row of stones in the loch curving towards the mountains

stones in water
from emptiness to wholeness
these mountains
around them and within them
the wisdom of this life

© Xenia Tran

a row of stones in the loch curving towards the mountains

Wishing you all a beautiful Tuesday,

with love from Eivor xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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.

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