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

Sunday, June 19, 2022

An Ocean Away, Worlds Apart

for my father who passed away on January 5th in Taiwan

I circle
round and round the edges
of something 
inside me, unarticulated ...
seven weeks since Father died

on my cellphone
the gravestone wet with dew ...
this grief for Father
is it actually love 
with nowhere to go?

FYI: The typical mourning period after a Chinese funeral is 49 days after death.