Friday, February 19, 2016

Tanka--By Chen-ou Liu--Canada

the first night
after my landing paper
is date-stamped
my tongue trips
on my own name

new immigrant
to this snow-covered land...
lost in sleep
I awake at three
under another moon

week-long sunlight
melting snowbanks between me
and my neighbors ...
we barricade ourselves
behind different languages

Chen-ou Liu is the author of four books, including Following the Moon to the Maple Land (First Prize Winner of the 2011 Haiku Pix Chapbook Contest). His tanka and haiku have been honored with many awards. To read more of his poems, please go to Poetry in the Moment,


  1. Thank you for sharing, really great work!

  2. Good work indeed. Feel very motivated to write after reading your wonderful tankas. Ralph

  3. Yes, these are wonderful. I will share them with my students.

  4. Such fine work. Elated to read these.