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

Monday, October 24, 2011

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter…and Another Spring: A Tanka Sequence

her bus to the South
I wave and wave and wave
until nothing is left
except the scent of her kiss
lingering in the spring air

the smoke
from my returned letters
curls up
the corners
of the darkest summer day

autumn twilight
a black bird lands
on my windowsill
lamenting, Nevermore
I reply with tearful eyes

the snow moon
elopes with stars
penetrates the attic
ablaze in loneliness

spring mist
makes all houses one
the joy
of this man
alone in the attic

Haiku Canada Review 5:2, October 2011