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

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Selected Tanka: Blizzard of Forgetfulness Tanka

living alone
in the blizzard
of forgetfulness ...
snowflakes obscure the world
outside the nursing home

Comment by Susan Williams: Yes. The memory is being eaten up by the fog of old age- - dementia, Alzheimer's pain meds- -and all that is left of like is a gray existence in a gray room in a last stop on the journey nursing home, You have a sure grasp on words and paint a picture laden with a quiet but powerful emotion.