#Tanka 49 & 50 — My Dog & I

image copyright(c) 2020 Sarah Potter
Rewind that decade!
Side by side we almost flew,
chasing time and scents.
Labrador sleeked through meadow,
coat a-shimmer. A mirror. 
Upon reflection,
side by side our hearts still fly,
with time the hounder.
We compete for silver now,
not of riches but of hair.

Author: Sarah Potter Writes

Sarah is a British eccentric who writes offbeat fiction, haiku and tanka poetry. When stuck for words, she sketches or paints instead. She's into nature conservation, sustainability, gardening, dogs, natural health, and reading. Her sociability is something that happens in short bursts with long breathing spaces in between.

11 thoughts on “#Tanka 49 & 50 — My Dog & I”

    1. Dear Bill, how wonderful that you have a “list” of reasons to like me. That makes me very happy 🙂 I do love dogs so much, although aggressive ones scare me a bit. They also scare my gentle chocolate Labrador girl. We are both not that brave D: My sketch is of her when she was 2 (drawn from a photo). She’s now 12. I really hope she lives until she’s 17, as did her predecessor.

      We must have our facetime chat soon. I just have to do a painting for an 18th birthday present, then I am free. Will let you know when the artwork is done.


  1. Dear Sarah,

    I love “we compete for silver.” It’s not fair that our furry children don’t live as long as we do, is it? Such a lovely share, the verses and the sketch.



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    1. Dear Rochelle,

      I know I keep disappearing. and have been an age in replying to your lovely comment. I’m glad you enjoyed the word and art elements of the share.

      As much as we love our furry children, I often worry about how a dog that is as bonded to its owner as my dog is to me, would cope if I went first. It is definitely something to consider before taking on another puppy in the future. So yes, it would be nice if they lived as long as we do, but only if they had exactly the same lifespan.

      I’ve now got all the basic equipment to start working through the art exercises in Lee Hammond’s Big Book of Acrylic Painting. Am very excited and a little bit nervous, in case I’ve spent all that money on purchasing paints, brushes, paper, canvases etc, and turn out to be totally hopeless in my new venture.

      Will re-emerge soon from one of my temporary hibernations.

      All best wishes,

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    1. I’m always missing everything at the moment! You put me to shame, as you’re a most loyal commenter. I glad you liked it. Ah, yes, the silver that pursues us all in the end… The way I look at it, is that the very fact of living long enough to turn silver can be an achievement.

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      1. Don’t even go there. There is no shaming anyone.
        Yes, cover it up we may (not anymore) but it is still an achievement to get there.

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