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

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Nostalgia Tanka

mid-autumn night…
the wind whispers to me
Chinese words
that offer me a home
in the shape of a moon

Tanka First Place
2011 San Francisco International Competition Haiku, Senryu, Tanka, and Rengay
Reprinted in Mariposa
Anthologized in Take Five : Best Contemporary Tanka, 4, 2012

Judge's Comment: The originality of the images coupled with the evocative sense of ‘stranger in a strange land’ merited a 1st Place award. The first two lines appear to lead to a traditional path. The third line is the turning point that brings this tanka to the next level. The fourth and fifth lines complete the journey. After reading this tanka I found myself looking at the moon with new eyes and listening to the language of the wind.