Tanka: A Poet’s Heart


Loch Shiel


dawn plucks
a cloud from summer mountains
with pure intentions
one morning’s peaceful dream
stirs a poet’s heart

© Xenia Tran


black whippet by Loch Shiel


We would like to dedicate this post to Kristjaan Panneman (Chevrefeuille) who creates many inspiring prompts for haiku and tanka poets with his in-depth knowledge of Japanese poetry forms at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. We truly appreciate all the hard work he puts in.

With love to you all and wishing you a very happy Wednesday,

Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx


Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, settings: Landscape, 1/200 s, iA, 1/400 s.


Carpe Diem #1214: Dawn

Daily Prompt: Pluck


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 two adopted whippets Eivor and Pearl.

32 thoughts on “Tanka: A Poet’s Heart”

  1. Amazing landscape photos! I love how you included rocks in the foreground. I think mountains generally inspire poets more than anything – they’re so mystical.

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  2. Thank you Xenia, Eivor and Pearl for your kind words. I gives me new energy and the inspiration to go on with what I have started with Carpe Diem. It’s really my passion and my love for this wonderful poetry that I once started with CDHK and I hope that CDHK will become even more better. I really appreciate all of you who are participating in CDHK.
    What a beautiful tanka you share here with us … I like that “pivotting” and it brings my attention from one scene to another scene. Well done …


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    1. Thank you for your kind words Kristjaan and we can all feel your passion and love for poetry at CDHK 💜 Continue to follow your heart with this and trust that all will be well. You are doing an amazing job and are an inspiration to us all. Namaste 💖 xxx

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