Tanka: Celtic Wisdom


mountain hare eating grass among daisies


behind daisies
promise of a blue sky
in the hare’s eye
when you trust the silence
of mist among mountains

ยฉ Xenia Tran


mist between mountains, rain clouds above


two whippets climbing a hill with heather

We wish you all a very happy Thursday.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx


Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, setting: iA, 1/200 s.


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Author: whippetwisdom

The stories, poems and photographs on this blog are the original creative work of Xenia Tran. Inspired by life in the Scottish Highlands and in awe of nature she gives voice to the wisdom of her adopted and fostered whippets.

54 thoughts on “Tanka: Celtic Wisdom”

  1. Well done you on capturing a photo of a hare so close up! Beautiful poem, it really captures that Japanese feel of oneness with nature and the seasons and all creatures great and small.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Janice and lovely to hear your skies are blue! We drove through the mist and rain and found blue skies on the other side of the glen, just like the hare promised ;o) xxx

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  2. Fantastic photo of the hare, Xenia. Iโ€™d love to see one so close. And lovely landscapes too. Youโ€™ve combined them beautifully in the verse โค Happy rest of the day ๐Ÿ™‚ Love from us to you xxx

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Cathy, the hare was only a few feet away and carried on munching the grass after I had taken the photo :o) Happy rest of the day to you too and much love to you all ;o) xxx

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  3. Gorgeous photography, Xenia , and an amazing daisy-filled tanka! There is also a range of ‘eyes’: the daisies (ox-eye). the hare’s eye, and the eye of heaven (sky), all watching over the mountains. But it’s the trust that’s most important!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Laurie ๐Ÿ’œ It is a hare rather than a rabbit (hares have much bigger ears) and in Celtic folklore they are often seen as a guide to the Other World โ˜บ๐Ÿ’– xxx

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  4. Jump
    for LiFe
    J for Joy
    Sit For less
    S for SorRow..
    Bugs Bunny onLY
    Laughs WiT oF LiGht
    for Joy..
    and with thaT
    Said.. FriEnd.. Xenia
    wiTH yoUR Happy alWays
    JoyFuL Canines who run as air..
    and float as water clouds on eARTh..
    to yOU
    my FriEnd
    alWays NoW iN
    heART oF eMoTioNs
    SpiRiT oF FeeLinG all those..
    And SoUL BaLanCinG oN A
    MiNd and BoDy wAVE thaT never ends
    and SonG OceaN
    aLLoNe aLIVe iN Thrive..:)

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    1. Thank you for your wonderful Dance with words and Light my FRiEnD Fred, aLL One aLIVe IN Thrive ๐Ÿ’œ Much love to you, Katrina and Yellow Boy and sending you warm sMiles across the miles โ˜บ๐Ÿ’– xxx

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