Chen-ou Liu's Translation Project: First English-Chinese Haiku and Tanka Blog

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Sound of Chopsticks Tanka

closed in
on herself once again...
dinnertime filled
with the sound of chopsticks
and April snowflakes


Joint First Prize (Certificate of Merit Conferred by Contest Judge, Maxianne Berger), 8th International Tanka Festival, 2016

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Shadow Kicking Haiku

kicking
at my shadow ...
April snow

Frameless Sky, 4, 2016

Selected Kyoka: Eyes of Others Kyoka

eyeballing
that side of me…
I punish myself
by reading poems
through the eyes of others

Gusts, 12, Fall/Winter 2010

Monday, June 13, 2016

Selected Tanka: Suicide Bombing Tanka

suicide bombing
at the Halloween party
baby superman
quiet in the arms
of his blood-stained mother

Eucalypt, 9, 2010

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Robin's Song Haiku

home from hospital ...
a robin's song
and nothing else


Judge's Comment: ... with its stunning pathos and freshness of feeling there was no doubt [this was] the haiku that I felt deserved prize recognition...

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Years of Silence

a new moon --
mother's letter heavy
with voices from the past

In the bottom drawer of the desk, there is my childhood photo with tanned brown edges. I am five or six years old, clinging to mother's left leg. She leans towards the front door with two suitcases in hand. I don't remember who took the photo. I don't want to remember.

Cattails, May 2016

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Womanhood Tanka

I traced the curves
of her womanhood
with my fingers ....
that night and nights after
blurring together

Cattails, May 2016