living alone
in the attic room
for years now
the skylight frames
my immigrant dream


9 Responses

  1. Theresa C. Says:


    I find your tanka highly effective and thoughtful. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Rise Daniels Says:

    This speaks volumes to me in these times. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Dru Philippou Says:

    A very loaded tanka, Chen-ou. So much to reflect upon and beautifully done.

  4. Bob Whitmire Says:

    Magic, Chen-ou. A haunting tanka.

  5. Mary Jo Balistreri Says:

    thank you, Chen-ou,
    a tanka that doesn?t let this reader go?so much here.

  6. papagreenbean Says:


  7. martin1223 Says:

    Thanks Chen-ou,

    I enjoyed your poem very much. It does linger like a ghost. I can hardly wait for 2020…

    noon heat
    the dirt road ahead of me

  8. janewilliams Says:

    Deeply moving …

  9. Sheila Sondik Says:

    Beautiful and necessary!

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