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

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Life of Shooting Stars Tanka

my marriage:
a roof with the skylight 
propped by four walls
dulls my yearning
for a life of shooting stars


brave new world, space tourism ...
with gray hair to his waist
and his face blotchy 
a man with a cart full of cans
stares into the ink-dark sky

FYI: Wion, March 2023: The Indian space research organisation (ISRO) is planning to begin space tourism by 2030. A single ticket is expected to cost a little over $725,000. And The Economic Times, Oct. 18, 2022The incidence of poverty in India dropped from 55.1% in 2005-06 to 16.4% in 2019-21.


a raven
crowing from one roof
to another ...
no answer for my future self
just a ghostly past