Haiku: White Sands

close up of a smiling brindle whippet on the beach

white sands
as far as eyes can see
a smile follows

© Xenia Tran

a driftwood tree on white sandy 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.

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #136

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Sheer

Word of the Day Challenge: Display

Tanka: Into the Present

a brindle whippet on a tidal beach with fishermen's cottages in the blurred background

left behind
by our loved ones
the voice
of the wind and sea
our future, our history

© Xenia Tran

a small fishing village in a sheltered bay

The weather has been getting better and it is lovely to walk without coats on.

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Word of the Day Challenge: Better

Tanka Thursday: History

Sweet Dreams Sweet Pearl

a black whippet surrounded by bluebells in a woodland garden
two whippets walking side by side across a wooden walkway

We are beyond devastated to let you know that Pearl followed Eivor across the rainbow bridge this morning.

She took a bad turn yesterday afternoon with a racing heart and a high temperature and stayed at the vets overnight, where her condition initially became stable. This morning she took another bad turn and the vet said that the kindest thing was to let her go.

I spent an hour by her side before she slipped away and wished her the safest journey.

Pearl was the sweetest, bravest and cheekiest soul we were lucky enough to share so many wonderful years with in this life.

She and Eivor were inseparable and now they are together again.

I am taking a break from blogging on Whippet Wisdom for the moment and will post my haiku, haibun, tanka, and other poems and photographs on my nature blog, Tranature.

Thank you all for walking along with us here over the years. It has been a great pleasure to share the natural beauty as seen through the eyes of our beloved friends. Their spirit will always live on in our hearts.

Peace and blessings to you all and thank you for your friendship,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Word of the Day Challenge: Bereft

Haiku: A Moment to Treasure

a black whippet on a forest trail by a loch looking to his right between the trees

a new morning
all these ferns leaning
into light

© Xenia Tran

ferns unfurling in a sunlit forest

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #200: Every Little Thing

Word of the Day Challenge: Super

Haiku: Blessed Rain

the backs of two whippets in black jackets sniffing wet spring grass

blessed rain –
how earth creates
its own miracles

© Xenia Tran

a smiling blue and white whippet in a black jacket ankle-deep in lush green grass with a black whippet behind her

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.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #197: The Rule of Thirds

Word of the Day Challenge: Bliss

Tanka: Spring Silver

a blue and white whippet drinking from the melted edge of a frozen puddle on the loch shore

air bubbles …
in pristine ice
bursting with song
a blue dog silvers
the unwinding water

© Xenia Tran

a frozen puddle with air bubbles and a small branch embedded in the ice

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and to all of you who celebrate, a happy Easter Weekend too.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Word of the Day Challenge: Pristine

Festival of Spring 2022: Week 4 – Spring Class

Tanka: Snow Melt

For Seamus

a blue and white whippet in a winter jacket walking towards a forest stream

snow melt
how soon our seasons feed
the bubbling stream
I still see you bending down
to drink its water

© Xenia Tran

Ribbons, Winter 2020: Volume 16, Number 1

Member’s Choice Tanka, Honourable Mention, Ribbons, Spring/Summer 2021: Volume 16, Number 2

a stream filled with snow-melt in an ancient pine forest

Seamus, a sweet lurcher whom we adopted many years ago who lived to the ripe age of thirteen, would always stop here for a drink from the stream. Ever since his passing, we find ourselves pausing at the very same spot on our walks, as if we are still waiting for him to have a drink. One of those moments inspired the above poem, which was first published in the Winter 2020 edition of Ribbons.

The poem was subsequently selected by Susan Constable as a Member’s Choice Tanka with an Honourable Mention and published in the Spring/Summer 2020 edition of Ribbons. This was her commentary and interpretation of the poem:

Xenia’s tanka adheres to a more traditional tanka form, with its s/l/s/l/l lines (both visual and aural), and its use of vivid images. I appreciate the assonance (the rhyme of vowel sounds, not necessarily the repetition of a particular letter) which appears in the words seasons/feed/stream, the alliteration of B’s in bubbling/bending, and the numerous T’s throughout the tanka. There’s also a lovely rhythm to the lines which are written with an almost-perfect iambic metre. All these pleasing sounds echo and enrich the arresting imagery.

This tanka provides some comfortable dreaming room, so my interpretations may not match those of other readers or, in fact, those of the poet. However, I sense the all-too-fast passing of time as winter melts into spring, and the poet and/or narrator grows older. I also feel the loss of a loved one who once bent to drink from this stream and, metaphorically, from Life itself.

Thank you Susan for selecting this poem as one of your honourable mention poems and for your thoughtful interpretation.

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.

CFFC: Earth

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Guide

Word of the Day Challenge: Lyrical

Wordless Wednesday: Earth Stories

Cairngorms National Park

two whippets in winter jackets on a forest trail
dappled light filtering through the trees along a mountain river

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #192: Earth Stories

Word of the Day Challenge: Irresistible

Haiku: Eyes so Blue

two whippets in black jackets walking onto the beach from the dunes

eyes so blue
the child’s first glimpse
of the sea

© Xenia Tran

Presence #72, March 2022

shingle and dunes in the foreground above the beach and water

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

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Word of the Day Challenge: Jubilant

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word – March 2022 (asperous, effusive)

Tanka: Seeds of Love

a whippet in a winter jacket on a forest trail walking towards a tall man's shadow

fallen trees –
a deeper soul can see
angels in shadows
scatter seeds of love
for healing and renewal

© Xenia Tran

close up of a recently cut tree stump in a winter forest

We are deeply honoured and delighted that an earlier tanka I wrote for Tanka Thursday, Soft and Forgiving, has been included in Self-Portrait, Tanka Society of America 2021 Members’ Anthology. A warm-hearted thank you to Michael H Lester for selecting my poem and putting this beautiful edition together and to Eve Castle, for providing the initial inspiration for the poem with her lovely prompt.

book cover of Self-Portrait, TSA 2021 Anthology

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.

Tanka Thursday: Angel

Word of the Day Challenge: Magnifying