Monoku: Coming Home

Northern Lights over the Moray Firth with a plane coming in to land and a monoku by Xenia Tran
Northern Lights over the Moray Firth with the colours reflected in the water

coming home … an apache tear still in my pocket

ยฉ Xenia Tran

haikuKATHA Issue 14, December 2022

Northern Lights over the Moray Firth with the colours reflected in the water
Northern Lights over the hills and Moray Firth with the colours reflected in the water

We were treated to a spectacular display of the Northern Lights on Monday night and passengers on the Loganair Manchester to Inverness flight were offered a ring-side seat!

Apache tears are said to bring comforting and gentle support when you are grieving and when I put my hand in my pocket and felt the one still there, it sparked the above poem.

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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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.

75 thoughts on “Monoku: Coming Home”

  1. OMG Xenia what amazing images, wonderful thoughts and poem. I think we all carry Apache tears in our pockets. Thank you for letting me know they are there. Whether we a grieving for a loved one or a change in our lives, we all need comfort.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Anne, it was a healer from Peru who told me about Apache tears, and I have carried this little one with me for nearly forty years now. I really feel it helps bring comfort and is a gentle reminder of how none of us are ever walking these journeys alone ๐Ÿงก xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Cathy, it was amazing to see and so lovely to hear you love Apache tears too ๐Ÿ’š Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday and please give sweet Flynn a gentle pat from us all ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ• xxx

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    1. Thank you kindly dear Michael, it truly is and we were so lucky we had such a clear night to see them ๐Ÿ’š

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Hammad, it is a pleasure to share and it was such a treat to see – the lights were truly dancing! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  2. Oh, Xenia, what a beautiful gift from the universe you were blessed with. Thank you for introducing me to Apache tears. I was unaware of the stone or its legend. I suspect the Apache tear in your pocket supported you in tears of joy to see this beautiful celestial delight. I appreciate you sharing it with us.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear LuAnne, seeing these truly felt like a gift from the universe and was a deeply moving experience. Thank you for walking along with us here and much love back from our house to yours ๐Ÿ’œ xxx

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  3. Well xeni I must say I am insanely jealous. I’ve seen most of the things on my bucket list but the Northern Lights is something I’ve wanted to see for a very long time but doubt I ever will. Thank you for the marvelous images of their glory – truly a gift!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Tina, I really hope you get to see them one day, it is a truly magical experience ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ™ xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing this on your blog dear Nia ๐Ÿ’– I could only see it when I was logged in via my other blog and have left a comment via Misty ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿพ xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Jez, it was an amazing experience and I hope you will be able to see it too where you are ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™ The aurora has been very active this week and we were lucky we caught it on a night without clouds ๐Ÿ™

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  4. How I’d love to witness the northern lights! I live too far south to experience this phenomenon but whenever I see a photo of the aurora borealis, part of me leaps with a silly kind of joy. These images are gorgeous, and remind me of photos a friend of mine who used to lived in Sitka, Alaska sent to me over the years. Also, strangely enough, I’d never heard of Apache tears (odd, because I live in the American Southwest, only a few hours form some Apache reservations, and my above-mentioned friend now lives in Arizona and was an RN for many years on an Apache reservation). I need to get an Apache tear to carry around with me. Thanks for such an inspiring post, Xenia. Beautiful as always. Much love to you and yours, and a special hello to Misty! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Mike and Misty says thank you too ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿพ It was a truly magical experience and I can imagine how beautiful the lights will be in Alaska, Iceland and other places further north. Apache tears are very comforting and you can carry one in your pocket or in a medicine pouch. If they are healing many sorrows it will be good to cleanse them from time to time, either in running water, in moonlight or with a gratitude blessing ๐Ÿ’œ

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Terri and so lovely to hear you enjoyed the Northern Lights too from your front porch! There seems to be a lot activity this week and we were so lucky we had a clear night to see them ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ™ xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Patti. I hope you will get to see them too before too long, it is an amazing experience! ๐Ÿ’– xxx

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