Saturday, April 7, 2018

tanka--By Chen-ou Liu--Canada

I just need
more space between us ...
at sunset
I barely hear her
above the ocean’s song

I stand still
saying nothing, everything
as she waves goodbye ...
the sound of leaves
falling on leaves

I gaze up
at the white contrail
while writing tanka
as if there were magic words
to ground you in my world

Chen-ou Liu lives in Ajax, Ontario, Canada. He is the author of five books, including Following the Moon to the Maple Land (First Prize, 2011 Haiku Pix Chapbook Contest) and A Life in Transition and Translation (Honorable Mention, 2014 Turtle Light Press Biennial Haiku Chapbook Competition), His tanka and haiku have been honored with many awards.


  1. oh, i can certainly relate to these - beautiful work

  2. Dear Chen-ou Liu,

    Thank you for your wonderful contribution, you are a great writer!

    Best wishes,

  3. Hi Chen-ou Liu. I enjoyed reading your tanka. Thank you for sharing and continued blessings!


  4. Very good tanka Chen-ou Liu. I really like the last stanza.
    Knight Writer

  5. I really enjoyed all of these, thanks so much for sharing them with us.

  6. Your Tanka are a delight to read, Chen-ou Liu. Thank you for sharing. Regards // paul

  7. Chen-ou, Thank you for sharing your talent with us on Whispers Your poem is beautifully written and lovely to read
    Sincerely, Charlene