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

Monday, June 19, 2023

Father Haiku

The day after Father's Day

pre-dawn silence
thoughts of my father
in the past tense

Note: This haiku is a sequel to my haiku sequence below:

A Man of Few Words
(A haiku sequence for my father who was born in mainland China, lived most of his adult life in Taiwan, died and was buried there in 2022)

a lone star
Father's dreamworld becomes
his hospice window

the slanted beam
of a winter sun ...
Father's last smile

morning chill
a part of me lowered
with Father's coffin

sleepless again
I hear Father crying out
Mama, I'm coming home

this dream loop:
Father rides on my shoulders
into the Taiwan Strait

Father waving his hand
just before I wake up ...
this false dawn