Haiku: Lily of the Valley

macro shot of lily of the valley flowers and buds
close up shot of lily of the valley flower and buds

north wind
lilies of the valley
shelter in place

© Xenia Tran

macro shot of lily of the valley flower and buds

This haiku was first published in Haiku Dialogue: Haiku Prism – White, Troutswirl, The Haiku Foundation Blog, 20 May 2020. A very big thank you to guest editor Tia Haynes and post manager Lori Zajkowski for featuring my poem and putting this beautiful edition together.

Both haiku and photograph were subsequently featured in the World Haiku Series 2020, facilitated by the Akita International Haiku Network 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.

Wishing you all a peaceful Wednesday and may you stay safe and well,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/800 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/500 s – ISO 100.

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The stories, poems and photographs on Tranature are the original creative work of Xenia Tran, inspired by the natural surroundings of the Scottish Highlands.

35 thoughts on “Haiku: Lily of the Valley”

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Cathy, it’s lovely to see them flower again. A very happy Wednesday to you too from all of us here🤗💖🐕 xxx

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    1. Thank you kindly dear Sandy, I got a wonderful whiff of their beautiful scent when taking these photos 💜 xxx

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  1. Lovely capture of one of my favorite flowers. I also love their scent. I particularly liked the “shelter in place” as the blossoms look like they are sheltering in the protection of the broad leaves.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Anne, the leaves were providing a lovely shelter from the icy wind for the flowers 💜 xxx

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