Tanka: Finding Happiness

a smiling senior whippet in a red jacket walking along the beach beside a tidal burn

this summer
finding happiness
where we belong
a river smooths the stones
that tumble from the mountain

© Xenia Tran

haikuKATHA Issue 10, August 2022

a smiling senior whippet in a red jacket walking beside a tidal burn

With warm thanks to Billie Dee and Kala Ramesh for their suggestions to improve the above tanka.

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

with love from Misty and Xenia xxx

Tanka Thursday: Find

Jez Braithwaite’s Water Water Everywhere #132

Wordless Wednesday: Close to the Stones

a blue and white whippet walking across the beach towards the camera
close up of stones resting on crumbling WW2 defences on the beach

Wishing you all a peaceful Wednesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #190: Close and Closer

Wordless Wednesday: Where Clear Water Flows

a blue and white whippet drinking from stream that flows out to sea
close up of crystal clear water flowing over stones

We are taking a short blogging break and will be back on Wednesday 16 March 2022.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday and a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Wordless Wednesday

Haibun: Lines of Vulnerability

WW2 defences crumbling and sinking into tidal sands

World War Two defences along our coast are tilting and sinking into tidal sands. Blocks of cement filled with local stone were here to stop tanks arriving via ship and water. After the war, these lines were left here, just in case. Today, some are used to rest towels of swimmers and surfers. Others become picnic tables or a shelter from the wind. When you touch them with your hand you feel the vibration of wind and waves, the pulse of the earth in the local stone. There is a lot to be grateful for when we remember all those who helped us live in peace.

how soon
a stream flows out
to sea

© Xenia Tran

close up of a black whippet in a winter jacket sniffing paw prints in the sand

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 #185: Change

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Fragile

Tanka: Hidden Stories

a black whippet by the dunes with a blue and white whippet sniffing driftwood in the background

autumn sun
the wind picks up as if
for the first time
old stones tell a story
we will never forget

© Xenia Tran

close up of exposed local stone from WW2 defences on the beach

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: Forget

Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Quiet

Word of the Day Challenge: Historical

Haiku: Graded Layers

two whippets in black jackets walking past WWII defences sunk into the sand

aged defences –
their shadows mingle
with our own

© Xenia Tran

close up of local stone from a WWII defence that has sunk into the sand

Wishing you all a happy Monday and blessed new week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

PI Poetry Prompt: Age

Word of the Day Challenge: Grade