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

Monday, May 1, 2023

In My Head and In My Dream Tanka

written on the first day of Tanka Poetry Month

my blind date
asks smilingly, what's it like
to be a poet ...
just a way of living both
in my head and in my dream


I stare for hours
at a blank journal page ...
it gets longer, narrower
and farther away until
it's swallowed by darkness


my penpal's blonde hair
cascades over her shoulders ...
in an accent I read
her favourite poem of mine 
she listens, open-mouthed