Tanka Prose: Now I Can See

a crow striding out across wet tidal sands with scattered stones
lensball among green leaves, reflecting a colourful mandala

I am writing while we’re in lockdown. Panic buyers empty the shops, leaving less for all of us. Still I feel calm. We’ve been able to eat the food nobody wanted. We’ve adapted recipes, combining flavours like never before. We’re making everything last, stretch our resources. And I feel calm. I have never been afraid of dying.

the crow so wise
sees the centre of the surf
in rainbows
I’ve never felt more at peace
preparing to go home

Β© Xenia Tran

a crow striding across wet tidal sands towards the surf

Please be assured that I am feeling well. I have always regarded this journey through life as exactly that, a journey. I also believe there will be other journeys after this. I am treasuring my experiences and sharing what I see.

Wishing you all a peaceful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/5.6 – 1/400 – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/200 s – ISO 100.

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49 thoughts on “Tanka Prose: Now I Can See”

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Cathy, the lensball is giving me many meditative patterns and internal rainbows. A beautiful rest of the day to you too from all of us here πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ• xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Eliza, inner peace is a true blessing at this time and always. Hope you continue to feel well and peaceful too πŸ’œ xxx

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    1. Thank you dear Martha, we have a special Forever Care scheme with the charity where we adopted Eivor and Pearl in case anything happens to us. If you have something similar it can be a great comfort to know your dogs will be looked after. Stay safe and well and much love to you, Bear and Teddy from all of us here πŸ’– xxx

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        1. Thank you dear Martha. It’s lovely your friends can help and perhaps you can discuss a ‘Plan B’ with them too πŸ’– xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Tina, I’m keeping well and find peace in my faith. Hope you are safe and well too πŸ’œ xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Tracy and for creating this wonderful space for us to share our love of these beautiful birds. Inner peace and calm are a great help in any situation and I am grateful to help where I can πŸ’– xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Kate, that’s lovely to hear πŸ€— Hope you are keeping safe and well too πŸ’–

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  1. Your photographs, as always, are wonderful, Xenia. A true pick-me-up on this chilly but sunny Thursday isolation morning. I think the panic-buying has slowed down and the shop shelves are being replenished. Adapting to the situation is all we can do, and I admire the way you’re β€˜combining flavours like never before’! The crow tanka is simply wonderful. Stay safe and well. xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Kim and good to hear the panic buying has slowed down where you are. The people arriving in their holiday cottages and caravans over the last few weeks put an extra strain on our resources and hopefully this will level out soon too. This made for a very creative time in the kitchen and some of our ‘lockdown improv’ recipes will be here for keeps πŸ™‚ Stay safe and well and I hope you’ll find plenty of inspiration in your isolation too πŸ€—πŸ’– xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Irene 🧑 Hope you are safe and well and can find that inner peace too πŸ’– xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Jez, the lensball continues to amaze me and I find it great for meditation too. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your images and hope you stay safe and well πŸ™‚πŸ™

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Ali and lovely to hear you can relate to life being a journey too πŸ’œ Enjoy the rest of your day and stay safe and well πŸ’–πŸƒ xxx

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