September Blessings


black whippet on mountain trail with heather


sometimes we gasp for air while we climb
each mountain anew and feel
pressure to succeed that is not true
to our own nature – time to assess
each fork on the road, see what is
mirrored to our soul, find the beauty in wabi-sabi
boulders and heather while this new dawn
enchants us with her earthbound song
receive this gift, accept these blessings

© Xenia Tran


blue whippet on mountain trail


Frank at dVerse Poets has invited us to write an acrostic poem:

“To write an acrostic poem, take a word or phrase and use each letter as the first letter of each line in the poem. One should be able to read that word or phrase vertically down the left side of the poem. There are no other constraints. Each line can be metrical or free verse or even a prose poem paragraph.

There are many variations to the acrostic form, all of which are acceptable for this challenge. Lewis Turco in his “The Book of Forms” even provided names for some of these variations. If one has a word on both the first and the last letter, that is called a ‘compound acrostic’.”

The poem above is my first attempt at a compound acrostic poem and we wish you all a very blessed September!

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.

65 thoughts on “September Blessings”

  1. Xenia, I am so touched by your poem. This blessing for September is truly a gift. You are an excellent writer. Thank you!

    I’m honored to share this post for Forgiving Fridays. I am grateful to connect with you and for your blog (and gorgeous dogs 🙂 ) Blessings to you Xenia — Debbie

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  2. What a lovely start to September, Xenia – your poem and photos of your lovely, happy whippets! I particularly love the lines:
    ‘…time to assess
    each fork on the road, see what is
    mirrored to our soul, find the beauty in wabi-sabi
    boulders and heather…’

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Kim 💜 We are enjoying some fine weather and a lovely start to September with the different shades of purple heather from glen to mountain top. Hope you are having a great start to the month too! ☺💖 xxx

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      1. I love purple heather! I bought a gorgeous rug in Scotland years ago which is just the right shade – it’s perfect in cold weather and the cats love sitting on it when I have it on my lap. I can feel a chill in the air this morning but the sun’s shining here too. have a great weekend. 🙂 xxx

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  3. SMiLes.. my FriEnd Xenia.. September
    And nostalgic School Memories
    of crisper minds with
    first hint of
    brain cooling
    air of coming fall breeze
    with even the potential of
    hot chocolate cozy memories
    of homecoming once more then
    now as 57 degrees becomes our
    cold front dreams true heaR
    on 9.7.17 where perhaps
    the Fream of another
    Winter will come
    true too
    after Winter bypasses
    us the last two years although through
    with the presents of never ending flowers
    bloom.. to paint with all the colors of dreams
    requires the darker struggles that grey
    our lives as waves higher and lower
    in tides that sing no liGht
    ravaging Ocean
    Calm coming back
    to bliss too.. true.. there
    is much fear and hate and
    even misery loving company
    in the World but TruTH
    And LiGHT away from
    dARk skies SinGS
    Azure Blue today..
    A sliver of heaven well
    worth the cherish in a UniVerse
    with so many rocks that don’t care about life at all..
    True.. my Bedrooom 24XiNch wiNdow iS oPen God Dancesings through…:)

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