This week it’s time for the specific form, Colleen has asked us to try a Tanka Prose. I have tried and I have to say this is a very personal and painful one for me.

Β© willowdot21.

Evening Tide

So tired, she lies quiet, cosy and beconed. Yes old and wise as she is she will not leave those staples in. No more than she ever did the previous stitches. My best friend, my comforter your days are numbered, my heart is broken. The years you gave assisting can’t keep you safe.

it grows and festers.
the unkind killer within
respecting no life
I rail at you it’s not fair
no thought for service given.

Β© willowdot21.


62 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. writerravenclaw
    Nov 30, 2021 @ 18:13:13

    The cone of shame.


  2. Jane Dougherty
    Nov 30, 2021 @ 18:25:06

    What’s wrong with Ruby? Has she had an op?


  3. pensitivity101
    Nov 30, 2021 @ 18:35:37

    I am so very sorry Willow. Every day is precious ❀ ❀ ❀


  4. ben Alexander
    Nov 30, 2021 @ 18:37:04

    So sorry about the cancer 😦



  5. Ritu
    Nov 30, 2021 @ 18:56:41

    Bless her, poor Tuby πŸ€—πŸ€—


  6. Ritu
    Nov 30, 2021 @ 18:56:47



  7. marina kanavaki
    Nov 30, 2021 @ 20:10:04

    Oh, my dear Willow, I’m so sorry to hear about Ruby. I think she’s a fighter though and she’ll overcome this and get well. Beautiful and heartwrenching tanka. Sending love and healing thoughts! πŸ’–β€οΈπŸ’–
    …and a kiss on Ruby’s sweet nose!


  8. Colleen M. Chesebro
    Nov 30, 2021 @ 20:55:21

    Awww, Willow… breaks my heart. I remember how hard it was when my Sugar and Spice grew older. I’m just blessed to have held them in my arms for as many years as I got. These fur babies are like our children. Hugs to you. ❀


  9. Resa
    Nov 30, 2021 @ 21:25:31

    I understand! What a beautiful friend you have!
    Cool Tanka, Still, your puppy outshines.


  10. lssattitudeofgratitude
    Dec 01, 2021 @ 02:02:03

    Sending you gentle hugs. I hope the vet has some good news.


  11. harmonykentonline
    Dec 01, 2021 @ 13:22:27

    So sorry for you and your companion, Willow. A beautiful, heartfelt, and sad poem πŸ’•πŸ™‚


  12. TheHiddenEdge
    Dec 01, 2021 @ 20:44:39

    Awe – Willow, I feel your pain. xxx


  13. Dale
    Dec 01, 2021 @ 21:58:47

    Oh Willow. I know how terribly difficult this must be for you. I am sending you and Ruby and your family much love. I hope there is hope and if there is none, then I send you the courage needed to get through this. Bug hugs to Ruby and you.


  14. Lisa
    Dec 02, 2021 @ 22:36:55

    Oh, no. Such a lovely tanka prose, but so sad. No, it’s not fair. I wish they could understand more than they do. In a reply you thought you were silly. Not at all. Never.


  15. WildChild47
    Dec 03, 2021 @ 14:54:38

    I feel absolutely ridiculous β€œliking” your post …. but the prose tanka is so well written, from the heart. And this is indeed, a heartbreaking situation. I’ve been there, where you are, several times, and it’s always so hard, so difficult, it rips the guts right out of you. But maybe there will be some Light by way of better or good news. Ruby seems like – actually – I can tell, she’s a treasure, a most beautiful soul …. and I’m sure her heart is linked with yours and those in your family. All I can say is: I wish you great strength, courage and hope …. that you find comfort, peace, solace … and that a miracle will come.


    • willowdot21
      Dec 03, 2021 @ 14:45:51

      Thank you so much, for your lovely kind words. Ruby has had an operation and things look hopeful.We just got her home this afternoon which was traumatic.
      The cancer is cut out now we have to tend to her wound daily and pray the skin flap covering the wound does not necrotise. Thank you again we are willing her on πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ


      • WildChild47
        Dec 03, 2021 @ 14:48:30

        This is most wonderful news Willow …. I really hope that now she will be truly on the mend and well ….. sending you all positive thoughts and energies …. and wishing for more miracles! Have faith and hope. πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

      • willowdot21
        Dec 03, 2021 @ 14:49:08

        Thank you I do honestly I do πŸ’œπŸ’œ

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  18. Ps
    Dec 06, 2021 @ 15:19:23

    Read mine too


  19. robertawrites235681907
    Dec 07, 2021 @ 03:43:12

    Hi Willow, I am so sorry to hear Ruby has cancer. Is it treatable?


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