Haibun: Making Lemonade

Her eyes filled with mist when she spoke about Zeeland. I was too young to understand her stories. The feeling in my heart when we made lemonade was real and true. She let me add a little sugar to warm water, while continuing to stir with her spoon.

Zierikzee
the ring with the moonstone
still fits

© Xenia Tran

This haibun was inspired by a moment from my childhood when I visited my great-grandmother in Rustoord, the retirement home where she spent her final years. Zierikzee is a town in the province of Zeeland in The Netherlands.

The above poem is an interpretation in English of my haibun Rustoord, originally written in Dutch:

Rustoord

Haar ogen liepen vol met mist, als ze het over Zeeland had. Ik was te jong om haar geschiedenis te begrijpen. Het gevoel in mijn hart, als we samen citroenlimonade maakten, begreep ik wel. Ik mocht schepjes suiker aan het warme water toevoegen terwijl zij met een lepel bleef roeren.

Zierikzee
het ringetje met de maansteen
past nog steeds

© Xenia Tran

I am delighted that Rustoord was first published in Vuursteen, Tijdschrift voor haiku, senryu en tanka, Winter 2019, the quarterly journal of Haiku Kring Nederland. A very big thank you to Marian Poyck and colleagues for putting this edition together.

The header photograph is the only photograph I have that features my great-grandmother. It was taken in 1941 by my late grandfather and features my late great-grandmother, my late grandmother and my father in his pram.

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Retrospective

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Realm

dVerse Poets: Open Link Night #257

Silent Sunday: Loch Fleet Nature Reserve

a curlew on a rock and two seals resting in the shallows
oystercatchers and seagulls feeding at low tide

Wishing you all a peaceful Sunday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4 – 1/320 s – ISO 200, f/6.5 – 1/160 s – ISO 320 and f/5.6 – 1/125 s – ISO 200.

Silent Sunday

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Comprise

Word of the Day Prompt: Travel

Silent Sunday: North West Highlands Geopark

Knockan Crag Nature Reserve

view over the nature reserve from the Rock Room at Knockan Crag
view to the west through the open Rock Room window at Knockan Crag Nature Reserve

To help celebrate the anniversary of the National Park Service we’re returning to the scenery from our Summer Break, seen through the open windows of the Rock Room Visitor Centre at Knockan Crag Nature Reserve in North West Highlands Geopark.

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/4 – 1/250 s – ISO 160, f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 160 and f/4 – 1/640 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Sunday Stills: National Parks

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #60: Framing the Shot

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Excursion

Tanka: Mountain Frog

a golden striped frog sitting between stones, grass and wildflowers

side by side
letting each other be
the frog and I
his eyes a lake of gold
high up in the mountains

© Xenia Tran

a golden striped frog sitting between stones, grass and wildflowers

Wishing you all a wonderful Tuesday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/125 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 100.

Sunday Stills: Close Up

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Spacious

Haiku: Loch Broom

a small yacht anchored behind two old fishing boats in Loch Broom

side by side
anchor balls and fishing boats
a glimpse of the west

© Xenia Tran

two old fishing boats anchored among leisure boats and rowing boats by Ullapool

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5.6 – 1/1000 s – ISO 160, f/5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100 and f/5.6 – 1/320 s – ISO 100.

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #58: Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Intrepid

Word of the Day Challenge: Glimpse

Haibun: A Day for Peace

macro shot of a white feather

In the city of seven rivers, doves are released into the sky as a symbol for peace. We remember how more than one hundred and forty thousand people lost their lives. Every year on 6th August, we remember.

The main river that feeds the others springs from the Chugoku mountains. The water is crystal clear and full of nutrients. There are crabs on the mud flats at low tide, cormorants fishing. In the middle of one of the rivers sits an island where herons nest. A survivor tells us, he loves to come here and watch the birds, fill his heart with hope for the future.

from the sky
on Hiroshima Day
a white feather

© Xenia Tran

macro shot of a white feather

Wishing you all a peaceful day and our thoughts are with our friends in Hiroshima.

With love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.5 – 1/250 s – ISO 100, f/3.5 – 1/125 s – ISO 100 and f/3.5 – 1/160 s – ISO 100.

dVerse Poets Haibun Monday: Hiroshima Day 2019 – A Reflection on Peace

Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge: Overhead

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Intent

Silent Sunday: Loch Droma

Loch Droma north shore with trees, hills and mountains in the background
Loch Droma with a small island with trees

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Settings: f/4 – 1/1600 s – ISO 160 and f/5.6 – 1/400 s – ISO 100.

Silent Sunday

Becca’s Sunday Trees

Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #56: Seascapes and/or Lakeshore

Rag Tag Daily Prompt: Reflection