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

Monday, March 21, 2022

Latchkey Boy’s Stick Tanka

on the way home
after the first day of class
the clatter
of a latchkey boy’s stick
against a row of picket fences 

Judge's Commentary: Though line 5 is a bit long, my heart goes out to this boy, as I wonder with his stick is he (a) asking a question or (b) making a statement?