Tanka: Red Rose

a red rose
how grandmother blushes
when she sees him
after all these years his voice
the longest in her mind

© Xenia Tran

When my grandmother moved into a retirement home she met her first True Love (from High School) at the breakfast counter and it felt as if they’d never been apart.

He placed a red rose on her breakfast plate each morning and they had one blissful, love-filled year together before he passed away.

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Red Rose was first published in Ribbons, Spring/Summer 2021: Volume 17, Number 2. A very big thank you to Michael McClintock and the team at Ribbons for featuring my poem and putting this wonderful edition together.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #154: One Photo Two Ways

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Haiku: Wonderful World

grandpa’s lazybed
his potatoes still grow
in the corner

© Xenia Tran

(Autumn Moon Haiku Journal 4:2, Spring/Summer 2021)

settling down
three generations
of oxen

© Xenia Tran

(Asahi Haikuist Network, The Asahi Shimbun, 5 February 2021)

ascending moon
we graft the roots
of our evergreen

© Xenia Tran

(Asahi Haikuist Network, The Asahi Shimbun, 19 March 2021)

such beauty
following a butterfly
who knows the way

© Xenia Tran

(Sharing Our Horizon, A Journey Through the Scottish Highlands
with Two Adopted Whippets by Xenia Tran)

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

A warm-hearted thank you to the editors of the Autumn Moon Haiku Journal and The Asahi Shimbun for featuring my haiku and putting these beautiful publications together.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #153: It’s a Wonderful World

Word of the Day Challenge: Treasure

Haiku: Entwined

cherry blossom
an old pen
fills with ink

© Xenia Tran

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

The above haiku was first published in Autumn Moon Haiku Journal 4:2, Spring/Summer 2021. A very big thank you to Bruce Ross for featuring my poem and putting this beautiful edition together.

Your Daily Word Prompt: Twine

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Haiku: Seeds of Peace

periwinkle among green leaves and snapdragon buds

laurel leaf
the seeds of peace
she planted

© Xenia Tran

a bluebell bud appearing between lily of the valley

snowmelt
remembering her life
anew

© Xenia Tran

a sun-lit periwinkle flowering among spring leaves

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

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/1.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 400, f/1.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 450, f/1.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 800 and f/1.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 125.

The above haiku were first published in EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2021 – Entering the Earth as part of a haiku sequence which includes our earlier poems Shapes and Shadows and Sunlight on her Wings. A big thank you to Jim Kacian and The Haiku Foundation for featuring my poems and putting this beautiful edition together.

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Tanka: Only Silence

a church lit up at night with reflections in the water

there is no sound
from the puddles in our street
only silence
where the wind just blew
and rattled all the rafters

© Xenia Tran

light falling through the night sky

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.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/8 s – ISO 1600, f/6.5 – 1/15 s – ISO 4000 and f/6.5 – 1/1 s – ISO 800.

Only Silence was first published in The Bamboo Hut, Number 4 – 2020. A very big thank you to Steve Wilkinson for featuring my poem and putting this beautiful edition together.

Carpe Diem #1837: Blowing in the Wind

Haiku: Falling Petals

detail from a piece of pastel art featuring a woman

falling petals
he finds his mother
behind the rain

© Xenia Tran

pastel art of a woman appearing through a rain of cherry blossom

Working with pastels has been a hobby for many years and in my younger years my pieces were on display in cafés, art centres and at a local hospital.

My poems are mostly inspired by real-life experiences and sometimes by a dream or meditation. The above haiku was inspired by a dream and I tried to re-create the moment that sparked the poem in this painting.

I am deeply honoured and delighted that this poem was awarded an Honourable Mention in the International Section of the 2020 Haiku Invitational at the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. A big thank you to judges Agnes Savich, Beth Skala and Gary Hotham for selecting my poem and many congratulations to all the winners.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs and original art (soft pastel on glass paper) by Xenia Tran.

Word of the Day Challenge: Hobby

Tanka Prose: The Pier at Findochty

One of the pastimes my husband and I enjoy during this lockdown is going through old photographs of places we visited.

On a beautiful day in December 2019 we drove to the small fishing village of Findochty on the Moray Coast. We chatted with some friendly local people, walked around with our dogs and took a few photographs. It was the first time we had come here in Winter and we loved the beauty of the light in the cold air. I wrote a few poems while we were there, including this one.

white sculpture of a seated fisherman overlooking Findochty harbour

Most of the sailing boats are on the quayside, masts folded. Fresh paintwork glitters in the morning sun. There is still the odd ice patch, in the shadows of the harbour. A small dog slips as he scampers up the brae.

watching over us
a seated fisherman
full of stories
my eyes begin to wander
past the lighthouse, out to sea

© Xenia Tran

the piers at the harbour mouth of Findochty

The Pier at Findochty was first published in Ribbons, Winter 2020: Volume 16, 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.

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/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 160, f/4.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 200 and f/5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #97: Pastimes

dVerse Poets MTN: 5-Line Japanese Poetic Forms

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