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

Thursday, January 5, 2023

Dream Loop Tanka

For my father who was born in mainland China, lived most of his adult life in Taiwan, died on Jan. 5 2022 and was buried there

this dream loop:
riding on my shoulders
into the Taiwan Strait
Father cries out, Mama
wait for me, I'm coming home

for my father who passed away on Jan. 5 2022

anniversary ...
old tear stains in my journal
b l  u r ry 

FYI: For more about using punctuation, see my "To the Lighthouse" post, Strategic Placement of Punctuation Marks