Friday, March 20, 2020

One Man's Maple Moon: Last Poppy Tanka by Kirsten Cliff Elliot

English Original

dreading
the call that says
he’s gone ...
two petals left
on the last poppy

A Hundred Gourds, 3:3, June 2014

Kirsten Cliff Elliot


Chinese Translation (Traditional)

感到恐懼
那通電話會告知
他去世了 ...
最後一朵的罌粟花
只剩下兩朵花瓣

Chinese Translation (Simplified)

感到恐惧
那通电话会告知
他去世了 ...
最后一朵的罂粟花
只剩下两朵花瓣


Bio Sketch

Kirsten Cliff Elliot is a New Zealand poet and writer. She works in a high school library and is studying towards a BA in Information and Library Studies. Together with her husband, she blogs at Help! My husband has Asperger’s: Our life on the spectrum’s edge.

1 comment:

  1. The visually poignant image of Ls 4&5 not only enhances the emotional focus of Ls 1-3, but also functions as a foreshadowing of what is to come.

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