EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2020

Year of the Nurse

a black whippet sitting in a dog bed with his front paws crossed

We are deeply honoured and delighted to be part of EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2020, a collaborative poem created by haiku poets from around the world.

The theme for 2020 was The Year of the Nurse and we submitted six previously unpublished haiku for this wonderful project. We are sharing three of them here today and will post the other three on our sister blog Tranature on Wednesday 22 April 2020.

simple kindness
how the nurse helps her
to walk again

© Xenia Tran

portrait of a blue and white whippet with a pink collar

adjusting pillows
before the night spreads
his final round

© Xenia Tran

a ginger and white cat sitting upright on a sofa

back from the shelter
she names her new cat
after the nurse

© Xenia Tran

The cat in the photograph is Christy. We adopted him from a feline rescue organisation in 1992 when he was believed to be nine years old. He lived with us for another ten years and we were very grateful for all the time we had together.

If you are interested in adopting a cat or dog from a shelter, please consider adopting a senior. They can have the most amazing personalities and are a true joy to have around.

The full set of contributions to EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2020 is available as a free download from the The Haiku Foundation. A very big thank you to all the contributors and to Jim Kacian and the team for featuring my poems and putting this beautiful edition together.

The second and third haiku in this sequence were subsequently included in Robert Epstein’s beautiful The Helping Hand Haiku Anthology (2020):

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.

The same two haiku were later featured in Akita International Haiku Network’s World Haiku Series 2020 with beautiful translations into Japanese by Mr Hidenori Hiruta. A warm-hearted thank you to Mr Hiruta for including these poems in respect of the 326th anniversary of Matsuo Bashõ’s passing and all the souls of those who lost their lives to COVID-19.

We wish you all very happy Monday and may you be safe and well,

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

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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.

68 thoughts on “EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2020”

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Pat, it was lovely to be able to contribute to this wonderful project. There are many beautiful and poignant haiku in this collection and I think you’ll enjoy them 🤗💖 xxx


    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Cathy, it’s been a beautiful day here 🌞 Hope you are having a great day too and much love to you and Finn from all of us here 🤗💖🐕 xxx


  1. A heartfelt tribute to the nurse. This could not be more timely. I always love the words and these words brought a tear to my eye. Beautifully done. I have shared this to my personal page on Facebook. There is so much on Social Media that is so very ugly and I want to lighten that with something of beauty.

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  2. Beautiful photographs our cat Mia is from a rescue centre at 10 years old it was a big change for her but she seems very happy and contented. Thanks for showing his photograph. I loved your Haiku too. 🌹

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Elaine, it’s so lovely to see how Mia has landed on her paws with you. There’s something special about adopting older cats and it’s so rewarding. Hope you are safe and well too and please give Mia a gentle pat from us all 🤗💖 xxx

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  3. If you want the truth unvarnished, send in the poets. Love images of your pooches. Our middle daughter is an RN. We worry about her, you, and most every beating heart on this planet.

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  4. Congratulations on bring part of the EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration, Xenia! The theme of the nurse is perfect for this pandemic year, indeed any year. I didn’t know you had cat, a handsome boy, and having an adopted senior cat for ten years is wonderful, as they often have problems that shorten their lives. I love all the photos and haiku. My favourite is:
    ‘adjusting pillows
    before the night spreads
    his final round’.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Merrill and what a time for your son-in-law to start his work as a nurse! If he’s into poetry he may enjoy the haiku collaboration – it’s free to download for him and other nurses via the link above. May you and yours stay safe and well too 🤗💖 xxx

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