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Haibun: Sanctuary

#Haiku Happenings #6: Xenia Trans’ latest #haibun!


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 from the start, flew the nest nine weeks ago. Soon the remaining six will spread their wings and 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…

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