Sunday, June 15, 2014

Tanka--By Chen-ou Liu--Canada

from his white mouth
your hand looks dirty,
don't touch me ...
the silence and I (a Chinese)
some strange race on the bus

Equal for all ...
can these narcotic words
still her Colgate teeth
that nibble at
my yellow skin

acting white
like Miami heat
on the skin ...
he and his girlfriend
in shifting shades of light

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. Dear Chen-ou Liu,
    Thank you for sharing your thought-provoking poem with us. It's wonderful to read your poetry on Whispers.

    Best wishes,

  2. Hi Chen. I am not that familiar with the Tanka form, but the more I read it, the more I am enjoying it. Thanks for sharing and continued blessings!

    -Maurice J. Reynolds, Owner / Editor
    TGBTG! Publications / Creative Inspirations

  3. Chen, I love your creative and full of imagery Tanka! Wow! Sheri /