Tanka: Meadowsweet and Thistle

wildflowers and tall grasses in a shaded meadow
a swan family preening and relaxing in a moat

shaded meadow
a range of flowers
surrounds our nest
the lockdown gives us time
to see each other clearly

Β© Xenia Tran

a smiling crow looking at the camera

Meadowsweet and Thistle was first published in Ribbons, Spring/Summer 2020: Volume 16, Number 2. A very big thank you to Christine L Villa and the team at Ribbons for putting this beautiful edition together.

Wishing you all a blessed Wednesday and a wonderful rest of the week,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5 – 1/200 s – ISO 125, f/5.6 – 1/320 s – ISO 200 and f/6.5 – 1/250 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.

46 thoughts on “Tanka: Meadowsweet and Thistle”

    1. Thank you dear Lois, that is such a sweet memory πŸ’œ I can just imagine this little girl gathering wildflowers and creating magical bouquets! πŸ€—πŸŒΊ xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Tina, we’re so happy to see the swans and wildflowers do well this year xxx

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  1. The tanka is one of my favorite poetry forms, and yours is superb. Your photography is sublime as well, though I miss images of your dogs.

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    1. Aww thank you so much for your kind words dear Glenn, the dogs are exploring the forest trails on our other blog πŸ™‚πŸ•

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  2. The lockdown indeed gives us the opportunity to see each other clearly. Much as the restrictions rankle, there are some surprisingly positive results.

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  3. Powerful write Xenia, amidst the pastoral nature of your post, the last two lines really punch through really well. A pleasure to read – Thank you…

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  4. Wildflowers are my favourites, Xenia, and you have done them justice in this tanka. Lockdown not only gave us a chance to see each other clearly, it gave wildlife a chance to thrive. I love the photos, especially the smiling crow. Congratulations on being published in Ribbons! 😊 xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Kim 🧑 It was beautiful to see how nature thrived during lockdown and the extra time we had together was a true gift. Against all the loss there was so much to be grateful for. Hope you are safe and well too πŸ€—πŸ’œ xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and lovely to meet you here πŸ™‚ I’ve come across Earthweal and will keep an eye out for their challenges too πŸ’š

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