Tanka: A Wish

a smiling black whippet leaping up a hillside through wildflowers and grass
a smiling black whippet walking on a mountain trail

true kindness
between heather and grass
it glows and grows
the end of treatment bells
for all the children

© Xenia Tran

a smiling black whippet walking on a mountain trail

This poem is dedicated to all the children with serious illness and their families.

The second line in this tanka later became the title of our second book.

Wishing you all a blessed Thursday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 100 and f/2.8 – 1/320 s – ISO 160.

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This poem features in Between Heather and Grass. If you haven’t read the book yet, feel free to take a peek inside:

look inside feature for Between Heather and Grass
Look inside …

In October 2020 the poem was also included in Robert Epstein’s beautiful The Helping Hand Haiku Anthology:

front cover of The Helping Hand Haiku Anthology

A very big thank you to Robert for featuring my poem and putting this heart-warming anthology together.

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: A Wish”

    1. Thank you dear Lois, we meet many children on our walks during the Summer holidays 🙂💜 Eivor and Pearl receive a lot of hugs and cuddles, especially from the little ones, and they love saying hello to them too 🤗🐾💖🐾 xxx

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