Tanka Prose: Special Moments

tanka poem by Xenia Tran with light green aurora over the Moray Firth
faint green aurora just above the mountains across the water with a lighthouse and pier

As sleet mingles with snow, we find ourselves in a new national lockdown. To protect ourselves, to protect each other, we want to do the right thing. We stay at home once more, create our own rituals in the lull between storms.

lighting candles
on your beach and mine
we close our eyes
open them in unison
and feel the love arrive

Β© Xenia Tran

a faint green aurora over the hills under a star-lit sky

We had a faint aurora on Friday night, visible with the naked eye, and the hand-held taken photographs with a low shutter speed created an almost abstract effect.

The poem was written three months ago and we’re hoping to start easing out of lockdown in mid-April.

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/8 s – ISO 3200.

Special Moments was first published under the title Tier 4 in Ribbons, Winter 2021: Volume 17, Number 1. A very big thank you to Susan Weaver and the team at Ribbons for featuring my poem and putting this beautiful edition together.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #139: Special Moments

Weekend Sky #20

One Word Sunday: Light

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.

30 thoughts on “Tanka Prose: Special Moments”

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Cathy and a wonderful rest of the day to you too from all of us here πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ• xxx

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Laurie. We’ve been in lockdown since Boxing Day (when I wrote this poem) and we’re looking forward to a gradual easing of restrictions from mid-April onwards πŸ’– xxx

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Tina and for hosting this lovely challenge πŸ’– xxx

      Like

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Karina, it was a real treat to see πŸ’œ

      Like

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Ann-Christine, I hope you will get to see it too! πŸ’– xxx

      Like

  1. I would love to see the aurora borealis, but even when it rarely extends this far south, I’ve never managed to see it. I read that March and Sept. are the best months for it. I’m glad you clarified the date of lockdown, I was dismayed to think you were under renewed orders! Are you getting vaccinated? (I’m not yet eligible.)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Eliza, March and September can be good for auroras on cloud-free nights and the most spectacular one we’ve seen so far was on New Year’s eve 2015 with the full size dancing curtains πŸ’š We are supposed to get vaccinated by the middle of May – I hope you will be able to get yours soon too! πŸ€ xxx

      Like

  2. Amazing images of the northern lights. I hear you about the lockdown. We are in and out of the revolving lockdown door and then into some colored zones that are meaningless to me. Have a good week locked down or not!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Anne and a good week to you too from all of us here! πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ΄ xxx

      Liked by 1 person

  3. I like your poem but I’m sorry to read that your in lockdown. I’m happy that my parents and I both have both our shots and my husband has his first. We’ll still be taking precautions, though. Stay healthy!

    janet

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Janet and great to hear you have had your vaccinations. May you and yours stay safe and well too! πŸ€—πŸ§‘ xxx

      Liked by 1 person

  4. The 1st 2 lines really got to me, Xenia. The image of you and I both lighting candles on our respective beaches. Separate but together. Alone, but not lonely. I feel a warmth growing.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Oh wow!
    An aurora for the naked eye!
    One of my bucket list item this is πŸ™‚
    Over here in my country, situation is once again getting off the track and smart lockdown has been imposed in several parts. Hoping and taking care once again.
    Thank you so very much for sharing this wonderful capture with my challenge, Xenia πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Hammad, it was lovely to see the aurora and apologies for the shaky camera work! Sorry to hear about the new restrictions being imposed and we pray you and your family stay safe and well πŸ™

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply to anne leueen Cancel reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.