Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Tanka--By Chen-ou Liu--Canada

after ten hours
of flipping hamburgers
bone-tired
I see bare branches
crisscross the dawn sky
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colored koi
in the aquarium
on my screen ...
living in the attic
my dream grows pale
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one page of Neruda
after another ...
my cramped attic
dissolving
into a twilight sky
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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, http://chenouliu.blogspot.com/  

7 comments:

  1. Great Tanka Chen. I think I seen the first one before. But enjoyed reading it again. Thanks for posting
    Yancy

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  2. Dear Chen,
    For those of us still apprenticing in the Asian forms you set a good example--one well worth studying.
    Thank you,
    Michael

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  3. A delightful read. Very much appreciated. Ralph

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  4. I'm afraid Haikus do nothing for me Chen, that is not to say you don't write them well

    Write On. In your own way

    Whatever works for you is okay with me!

    George

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  5. I'm afraid Haikus do nothing for me Chen, that is not to say you don't write them well

    Write On. In your own way

    Whatever works for you is okay with me!

    George

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  6. Nice collection, thanks for sharing.

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  7. very poignant tanka,love and light,angelee

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