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

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Journey Itself Is My Home, A Tanka Prose

The last time I visited my parents in Taipei, I strolled through Da An, an affluent leafy residential district known for its prominent universities and small publishing houses. I spent half an hour in its winding alleyways and couldn’t find the bookstore I had frequented for 20 years. At first, I felt a surge of panic and, moments later, a stabbing pain in my body. The Taipei I had known was gone.

on the wall
an old map of Taipei --
I look outside,
tiers of color lighting up
the Toronto night sky

Atlas Poetica, 21, 2015

Note: Taipei is the city of my birth, the capital of Taiwan (formerly known as the Republic of China)