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

Saturday, September 17, 2011

That Shining Summer Day: A Tanka Sequence

walking out
in the middle of the lecture
on astrology
we saw summer stars
in each other's eyes

what would come out of my heart
I pulled her tight
into my arms
putting my mouth on hers

she laughed
Yesterday was a one-off
just that once
drifting in the chill spring air
the theme song from

I walk alone
down a leafy path
drenched in a shower
of summer memories
a fork in the road ahead

Published in Lynx,XXVI:3, October 2011 

(note: the first tanka was anthologized in Take Five : Best Contemporary Tanka, 4, 2012)