EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2020

Year of the Nurse

We are deeply honoured and delighted to be part of EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2020, a collaborative poem created by haiku poets from around the world.

The theme for 2020 was The Year of the Nurse and we submitted six previously unpublished haiku for this wonderful project. We are sharing three of them here today, the other three were posted on our sister blog Whippet Wisdom on Monday 20 April 2020.

flowering tulips
retelling the story
how she survived

© Xenia Tran

a black and white old photograph of a woman standing next to pillars with a vase of flowers

great aunt Faye
the bell in her voice
still ringing

© Xenia Tran

rainbow coloured hearts displayed in a cottage window during lockdown

deep gratitude
when nothing is expected
rainbow windows

© Xenia Tran

In the Scottish Highlands people are displaying rainbow colours in their windows in gratitude for all the hard work key workers are doing and as a greeting to anyone passing by on their daily walk or exercise during the lockdown.

The woman in the photograph is my great-aunt Faye Doherty (1914-2006), who was a nurse. Some of the haiku in today’s post and Monday’s post were inspired by her, her kindness and her dedication to the work she loved.

The full set of contributions to EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2020 is available as a free download here. A very big thank you to all the contributors and to Jim Kacian and the Haiku Foundation for putting this edition together.

Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday and may you stay safe and well,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr. The photograph of Faye Doherty was taken by my late grandfather.

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Something Good

Cee’s Flower of the Day

Discover Prompt #14: Book

Discover Prompt #19: Three

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

Haiku: Hello April

a male swan (cob) sitting on a freshly made nest

dressing spring
the kind eyes on a nest
river swan

© Xenia Tran

close up shot of a male swan on a nest giving a kind eye
close up shot of a male swan on a nest turning his left side towards me and giving a kind eye to the camera

Wishing you a all a very happy April and a great start to the week,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 200, f/6.3 – 1/500 s – ISO 200 and f/6.5 – 1/500 s – ISO 200.

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge #247: Kind & Mind

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Feelings of Spring

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #39: Hello April

Silent Sunday: Violet Flame

macro shot of a violet crocus bud
macro shot of a violet crocus bloom half open with orange stigma and anthers peeking through
macro shot of a violet crocus bloom with orange stigma and anthers in the centre

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, f/3.2 – 1/160 – ISO 100 and f/3.2 – 1/250 s – ISO 100 with DMW LC55 Lens.

Silent Sunday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Color

Cee’s Flower of the Day

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Haibun: Sanctuary

swans, grown up cygnets and mallard ducks in the snow-flanked river

The river bank and leafless trees are heavy with snow. Mallards, swans and cygnets mingle in the shallows. The sun is higher in the sky, her glow a little warmer. For nine months, this part of the river has been the cygnets’ home, their sanctuary. First there were seven. One of them, bright and brave, flew the nest nine weeks ago. Soon the remaining six will spread their wings to begin their own adventure.

winter wind
a flock of geese
stretches the sky

© Xenia Tran

swan parents with their cygnets by the snow-covered bank of the river
close up shot of three fully grown cygnets by a snow-covered river bank

These are the last images I have from the remaining cygnets. They were chased away by their parents the following day and encouraged to make their own way in the world. It’s been a joy watching them hatch, grow and develop. We wish them all a healthy and happy long life in the Highlands.

You can read about the first cygnet leaving the nest in last year’s post Into the World.

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5 – 1/250 s – ISO 200, f/5.6 – 1/800 – ISO 400 and f/6.5 – 1/400 s – ISO 400.

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Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Sanctuary