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

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Day and Night, A Tanka Sequence

for new immigrants

flying above
the light and murmur
of Formosa
the airplane carries
my immigrant dream

Toronto settles
into a nocturnal rhythm ...
face to face
in the attic room
with my Chinese self

Haiku Canada Review, 9:1, February 2015

Note: In 1544, a Portuguese ship sighted the main island of Taiwan and named it "Ilha Formosa," which means “Beautiful Island.”