Haibun: Life’s New Garden

pair of swans with cygnets in tow and on the pen's back

The criss-cross waves of high water tell us the tide is turning. Returning to the mouth of the river, the cygnets carry a glimpse of the sea. The pen is doing what she has always done. Prepare her young for the wider world, showing them where and when to feed. Her cob swims quietly by her side, creating an easy slipstream for cygnets who swim behind them. When the current becomes too strong they climb on their mother’s back.

We stand and watch them glide by and thank them for our own glimpse into another world.  I am enchanted by their deep communication and understanding.  Everything is done in total silence. Neither the cygnets nor their parents make a single sound. All I can hear is our smile.

all by themselves
lilies of the valley bloom
in nature’s garden

Β© Xenia Tran

pair of swans with cygnets in tow and on the pen's back
a pair of swans in the river with five cygnets on the pen's back

We wish you all a very happy Monday and a wonderful new week!

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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44 thoughts on “Haibun: Life’s New Garden”

    1. Thank you for your kind words dear Amy, so happy to share these with you! πŸ€—πŸ’– xxx


    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Frank! It is amazing how the cygnets know – they are only four days old in these photographs :o)

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  1. Lovely haibun as usual Xenia. I love your haiku with the lilies of the valley. The pics of the swans are beautiful. I love the silence and the knowing in this. You always write from such a deep sense of peace. Love to Rigor and Pearl.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Toni πŸ’œ Eivor and Pearl were standing right beside me when I took these photographs. They love watching the swans and the swans are used to them too. We were all in this peaceful place together. Much love to you from all of us here πŸ€—πŸΎπŸ’–πŸΎ xxx


  2. Don’t panic, Xenia, I’m on the laptop so there will be no predictive text re-naming this morning! First you were Denis and then Jane called you Kim!
    Your photographs wowed me. I keep pestering my husband to let me use his camera, it was new several years ago and never taken out of its box. My little Kodak Playtouch isn’t up to the job and is very old now.
    Now to the nitty gritty – the words! I love the ‘criss-cross waves’, which create a sound that I’ve often heard on the Broads. I love the way you zoom in on the pen and her cygnets, such close detail mirrored by the photographs. You’ve captured Nature’s silence beautifully, especially with the last of the lilies of the valley. πŸ™‚ xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Kim, it was quite funny you both called me by a different name! I do hope you can use your husband’s camera or otherwise invest in a new one for yourself that you can play with to your heart’s content. It will be lovely to have something to capture family photos of Lucas growing up and all the wonderful nature around you. πŸ€—πŸ’– xxx

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