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

Friday, December 19, 2014

Cancer Center Tanka

early morning
outside the cancer center
a young man
takes another drag
on his cigarette

All the Shells: Tanka Society of America Members' Anthology 2014

Smallpox Tanka

like smallpox
loneliness left pockmarks
in the face . . .
time and silence
my only medicine

All the Shells: Tanka Society of America Members' Anthology 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Migrant Workers Tanka

at twilight
banners for the harvest
tossing like waves . . .
migrant workers that stay
migrant workers that go

All the Shells: Tanka Society of America Members' Anthology 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Heat Haiku about Lisbon

Lisbon heat
a trolley shivers
up and down the hill

Alfama heat
old flats congested
with migrants


Note: During my June trip to Portugal, the temperature there could reach as high as 40 °c. The Alfama is the oldest district of Lisbon, spreading on the slope between the São Jorge Castle and the Tejo river. It remains one of the most photogenic neighborhoods in all of Europe.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

First Date Tanka

our first date
at her New Writing Series
over her shoulder
I whisper a tanka
yet to be published

Atlas Poetica, 19, 2014

Mona Lisa Smile Tanka

love-struck
by her Mona Lisa smile
and eyes
that gaze upon me
yet look beyond

Atlas Poetica, 19, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

Dead of Night Tanka

no moon, no stars
in the dead of night
loneliness
smelling of the attic...
another time and place

Atlas Poetica, 19, 2014