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

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Butterfly Kite Tanka

a slow descent
of his butterfly kite
toward the ground
I see in my nephew's eyes
the ten-year-old me

Editor's (an'ya's) Commentary: Chen-ou-Liu, what can I say but another wonderful tanka by a poet I've always admired. He has a great way of putting words together in five lines to make a complete story for his readers, and this one is no exception. He has very skillfully incorporated himself into the tanka, but as a 10 year old boy via his nephew. As i said, a wonderful tanka Chen-ou!