Tanka: Indian Summer


black whippet running on forest trail in autumn light


warm glows
this Indian Summer
between the leaves
we rest our coats and jumpers
the love within our smiles

© Xenia Tran


two whippets on forest trail in autumn light

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx


Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, setting: Action, 1/400 s, ISO – Auto.


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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.

33 thoughts on “Tanka: Indian Summer”

  1. It is rare to see two of any dogs this close and it is a feel good moment for me…hard to explain but these are dogs and such great pals…how lovely if humans exhibited their traits! The world would be a warmer place for all.🤗

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    1. Thank you for your kind words and yes, the world would be a warmer place for all. Most dogs want to get along with each other and we have been lucky that all the ones we have adopted over the years have been the best of friends :o) xxx


  2. Hello. The photo does make it look warm and summery, a couple of days ago Eivor and Pearl had their coats on! Here in Durban it was hot and sunny a few days ago and I was in shorts and a T-shirt and today it is cool and wet and I am wearing a jersey and tracksuit pants!

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    1. Thank you Kim, our weather has been very changeable too. With the tail of hurricane Maria came a lot of rain and colder temperatures and Eivor and Pearl were wearing their coats to protect them from both. I could only use my camera between the showers so the pictures do not show how wild it got! The warmer weather has returned, although the mornings and evenings are a lot cooler than before. Hopefully the warmer temperatures will return to Durban too! ;o) xxx

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  3. Hi, my friend. I like this tanka, and I, too, know this season as Indian summer. Sad, however, the language of our day is shifting and we probably “can’t” use the term any more. I don’t know what the PC police want to use to replace it, though. Have you heard?

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    1. Thank you for your kind thoughts Herb. I am aware that some people believe an Indian Summer can only appear after a cold spell in November. Most people use this expression for any warm day or period after a cold spell in Autumn in the Northern hemisphere. I wrote this tanka in response to a poetry prompt on ‘Indian Summer’ and in creative writing the meaning does not have to be literal. I am not aware of any other issues regarding its use ☺

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      1. OctobeR A Festival
        Month iN HopeS for
        Clear Azure oPeNinG
        SKeYeS NoW iN
        DreAMs without
        too much
        of that
        Hurricane Wind..
        Thanks Xenia.. A Beautiful
        CoMinG WeeKEnd to you
        And aLL oF y’aLL iN LiFE PawS and Hands
        iN FeeT oF SinGinG DanCinG LoVELiGHT NexT..:)

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  4. Oh Xenia, I love this tanka!! Elvor and Pearl’s smiles are blessings of love, that’s for sure. What a great contribution for Forgiving Fridays. I’ll include it in my line up on Friday. You are wonderful. Sending love and Light to you all. Debbie

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    1. Our Summer felt more like Autumn temperature-wise and in September we had some glorious warm weather. For October everything has returned to ‘normal’ after the storms and I hope the cooler weather will come to your part of the world soon! :o)

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