2014 Translation Project: First English-Chinese Haiku and Tanka Blog

Thursday, April 24, 2014

A Set of Tanka for Emily Dickinson

clad in lily-white
she sweeps into each room
and out again . . . .
the woman in my vision
remains a winter dream

loneliness ...
the thing with feathers
perches on my heartstrings
singing there is no there there
throughout this snowy night

NeverEnding Story, March 27, 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Suicide Note Tanka

under dim light
his ink-stained suicide note:
the cliché is beautiful
because it comes to my eyes
in its last extremity

Tanka Journal, 44, April 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Boston Marathon Tanka

for the people of Boston

in Boston sunlight
his racing bib inscribed
with the names
of men and women
killed in the bombing


PoemHunter, April 22, 2014

A Tanka about My Underground Notes

the poet found
hanging from his belt
near the window
My Underground Notes scattered
on this Good Friday night

Tanka Journal, 44, April 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

Hourglass of Life Tanka

I’ve scribbled
around these lines on “poet’s dream”
for a week
if only I could turn
the hourglass of my life

Tanka Journal, 44, April 2014

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Clichéd Words Tanka

these clichéd words
curling on themselves
stare up at me
in their hollow eyes
the longing for death

Tanka Journal, 44, April 2014

Spring Rain Tanka

drowning
in my own vomit
of cliched words . . .
awake to the pitter patter
of spring rain

Tanka Journal, 44, April 2014