Tanka: Red Rose

a tanka poem by Xenia Tran in the corner of the image with a red rose on a small plate

a red rose
how grandmother blushes
when she sees him
after all these years his voice
the longest in her mind

Β© Xenia Tran

When my grandmother moved into a retirement home she met her first True Love (from High School) at the breakfast counter and it felt as if they’d never been apart.

He placed a red rose on her breakfast plate each morning and they had one blissful, love-filled year together before he passed away.

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday and a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Red Rose was first published in Ribbons, Spring/Summer 2021: Volume 17, Number 2. A very big thank you to Michael McClintock and the team at Ribbons for featuring my poem and putting this wonderful edition together.

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The stories, poems and photographs on Tranature are the original creative work of Xenia Tran, inspired by the natural surroundings of the Scottish Highlands.

45 thoughts on “Tanka: Red Rose”

    1. Thank you kindly dear Anita, it was so lovely for them to find love again πŸ’œ

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  1. What a wonderful story πŸ’ž So lovely to know they had that time together. I love how you’ve captured the rose too πŸ’– Have a lovely rest of the day πŸ’•πŸ€—πŸ•xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Cathy, it was so lovely they found each other again 🧑 A lovely rest of the day to you too from all of us here πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ• xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Karina, it was so lovely for both of them πŸ’œ

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  2. Oh my goodness Xenia, what a fabulous story. It’s hard to believe one could do justice to it but of course you did. Both the verse and your multiple takes on the image are spectacular this week.

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    1. Aww thank you so much for your kind words dear Tina and for hosting this lovely challenge πŸ’œ

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Pat, it’s a pleasure to share! πŸ€—πŸ’œ

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    1. Aww thank you so much for your kind words dear Eliza. My grandmother had never forgotten him and it was so lovely they found each other here 🧑

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Anne, we were so happy for them both 🧑 xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words dear Nia, so glad you enjoyed my grandmother’s story too πŸ’– xxx

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