Tanka: Earthlight

part of a hand holding a lensball by the sea at sunset with a tanka poem by Xenia Tran
lensball resting on seaweed at sunset by the sea

the air so clean
in our lockdown days
a healing
pulsing through the stars at night
were earthlight weeps and breaks

© Xenia Tran

sunset on the beach at low tide with silhouettes of two people walking

Earthlight was first published in Ribbons, Spring/Summer 2020: Volume 16, Number 2. A very big thank you to Michael McClintock at Tanka Café and the team at Ribbons for featuring my poem and putting this beautiful edition together.

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday and a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/40 s – ISO 800, f/5.6 – 1/13 s – ISO 1600 and f/3.4 – 1/30 s – ISO 100.

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A further selection of recent publications in online and print journals can be found here:

Author: Tranature - quiet moments in nature

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

67 thoughts on “Tanka: Earthlight”

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Lois, it’s real fun to play with in any kind of setting 🧡 xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Jez and thank you too for introducing me to lensball photography. I really enjoy experimenting with it in different conditions 🧡

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Amy and for hosting this lovely challenge 🧡 xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Eliza, it seemed very fitting for these extraordinary times. Hope you are keeping safe and well too 🤗🧡 xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Cathy, it’s fun to experiment with the ball! 😀🧡 A wonderful evening to you and yours too from all of us here 🤗💖🐕 xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Brendan. The lensball always encourages me to explore the world from different angles and there’s a lot of grace to be found in there 💚

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    1. Thank you kindly Carl! They’re very cheap and great to play with in different settings 😊

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Jim, lovely to hear it’s a favourite form for you too 🙂

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