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

Saturday, January 28, 2023

The Burden of "Used to be ..."

in dim streetlight 
I stagger out of the bar ...
conversations with my shadow
spill into the cold

bare-knuckle brawling
with my drunken shadow
on the wall
a frenemy of ten years
in my immigrant life

fleeting moments
between waking and dreaming
I muse
on the extended “if”
of twenty years younger 

Ribbons, 18:3, Fall 2022