Friday, November 4, 2016

Tanka--By Chen-ou Liu--Canada

summer rain
bounces off the pavement
the street fills
with dancing children
and honking

in the attic
I find a letter
from my ex ...
the way her red lips moved
when saying those three words

once again
she doesn't show up
my goblet
with a starless sky

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. Excellent collection, thank you for sharing!

  2. Dear Chen,
    I'm moved by these three heart-felt tanka.
    These lovely works will be hand-copied in my journal.
    With gratitude,

  3. Chen, I sunk in to your artfully crafted lines with total immersion, only leaving 'with a starless sky' very sweet stuff! james marshall goff

  4. Thanks Chen. As always you have something worthwhile to share. I learn so much from you.

  5. Your talent shines brightly in these tanka my friend. It is obvious you know your craft well! These are just excellent! Aloha, Connie

  6. I really liked reading your tanka, I particularly loved the last one and the image of the goblet that brims with a starless sky.

  7. Hi always your poetry is a delight to read. I liked all three tanka, but in my opinion the last one has an edge over the others. Regards // paul