living alone
in the blizzard
of forgetfulness …
snowflakes obscure the world
outside the nursing home

 


11 Responses

  1. Valentina Says:

    Well written tanka.

  2. Annie Prevost Says:

    Very evocative, especially if one has watched friends and family slide away.

  3. TMJohnson Says:

    This piece is stunningly poignant.

  4. Barbara Kaufmann Says:

    ' in the blizzard of forgetfulness' Exactly how it seemed from the outside looking in at my mother's dementia. The entire poem is stunning! Enjoyed it so much.

  5. magyar Says:

    Heartful, CHEN-OU LIU
    __This tanka, puts us there before we are; potential… amplefies our care for they that are. _m

  6. Mary Jo Says:

    Very poignant and exactly the way it seemed when my father lost his words with Alzheimer's.
    Thank you.

  7. Dawn Apanius Says:

    Beautiful and sad. I agree with everyone especially magyar.

  8. janewilliams Says:

    Perfectly chosen outward imagery to mirror the inward …

  9. hammerandtongs Says:

    Beautiful image. As a blizzard obscures all so does forgetfulness. Snowflakes in the physical world, and also as a metaphor for the obscurity that forgetfulness brings.

  10. hammerandtongs Says:

    Beautiful image. As a blizzard obscures all so does forgetfulness. Snowflakes in the physical world, a symbol of the obscuring of memories that forgetfulness brings.

  11. seaviewwarrenpoint Says:

    A very strong tanka, Chen-ou.

    marion

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