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

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Mother and Newborn Tanka

the newborn
empties my friend's breast
in long drains
she's flooded with oxytocin, 
with a mix of love and panic


on the toilet
she watches her test growing
a second red line --
outside the bathroom door
twin toddlers crying, mommy 

FYI: For more poems about  the different stages and impacts of motherhood, see Special Feature: Selected Poems for Reflections on Motherhood