Tanka: The Sound of Silence


black whippet sniffing driftwood on the beach at Findhorn Bay


first sunrise
the voice of love recorded
in your heart
the beauty of hidden stars
within the sound of silence

© Xenia Tran


black whippet looking over his right shoulder across the tidal pools and sand bars


Boats, some anchored and some moored at pontoons in Findhorn Bay

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx


Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/5, 1/1250 s, ISO 100, f/8, 1/320 s, ISO 100 and f/6.3, 1/800 s, ISO 100.


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dVerse Poetics: Sounds of Silence

When I saw the prompt at dVerse I immediately had to think of the adaptation by American band ‘Disturbed’ of the classic Simon & Garfunkel song ‘The Sound of Silence’.  Below is a video clip of their version, which inspired the tanka above. Hope you enjoy!


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.

47 thoughts on “Tanka: The Sound of Silence”

  1. What a great cover of “Sounds of Silence!” I had never heard of Disturbed, and it’s great to discover a new band. Also, beautiful photos, as always.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Cathy, so glad you enjoy the song too! The weather is a lot more pleasant with temperatures around 21C which makes for a happy Eivor and Pearl. Hope the rains have passed where you are and much love to you and Finn :o) xxx

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      1. Thank you, Xenia. I have seek help for 20 years. Some new medical discovery is developing instead of referring all cases to hearing loss. I learn to live with it all these years. ❤ xox

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  2. Fantastic (and in spite of myself, I love this rendition of “The Sound of Silence” — a teen showed it to me last year, and I think it is fabulous). Fun play on words in your post! 🙂 Well done!

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  3. This is a beautiful image Xeania! Love at the first sunrise and the beauty of stars hidden in the silence. Such great lines. This rendition is very well done. Very powerful as well. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  4. SMiLes consideRing
    A ‘point of existence’
    Before Big Bang(s)
    It’s Worth
    NoTinG iN All
    Of Nature As Love
    iNheRent A Silent
    Grace and Poise of
    Balance Brings A
    GreaTesT WiLL anD StreNGth
    Big Bangs oF LiFE sTiLL yET to come..:)

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