Tanka: Deep Water

tanka poem by Xenia Tran with an image of two whippets in winter jackets on tidal sands looking out across the lagoon
action shot of a whippet in a winter jacket running on the beach

letting go
a swan pair shows
their cygnet
how deep water glitters
in sapphire blue

Β© Xenia Tran

action shot of a whippet in a winter jacket running on the beach

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a blessed start to the new month,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/1600 s – ISO 100.

PI Poetry Prompt #300: Deep Water

Water Water Everywhere #67

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.

44 thoughts on “Tanka: Deep Water”

  1. Love the swans and your Tanka with your beautiful photos! ❀️ Beautiful way to start the week and month. Sending smiles your way! πŸ˜€ 🦒 🐾❀️

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    1. Thank you kindly dear Cathy πŸ’— The swan parents have been escorting the cygnet out to sea to encourage her to leave and she continues to follow them back home to the river. Fingers crossed she’ll soon find the confidence to go it alone and join a flock of other juveniles πŸ’œπŸ™ xxx

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  2. The first things that caught my eye were “sapphire blue” – it immediately evoked an image of a cabouchon sapphire, which sparkles very differently from the same gem cut with facets (my favourite type of my favourite gem); how deep and dark that water must have been.

    Then when I reread the poem several times, what struck me was “letting go” and how instinctive that is for the swans, but not for us humans. Something I will ponder on.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Ju-Lyn and it’s lovely to hear how the sapphire blue of the deep water invoked an image of the cabouchon sapphire πŸ’™ It is instinctive for swan parents to let go of their offspring before they start the reproductive cycle again. This year one of the cygnets isn’t ready to let go of her parents yet and continues to follow them back home to the river. We hope her instincts will take over soon too to give her the courage to spread her wings πŸ’œπŸ™

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