A Chinese Three-line Poetry String
by Yingcai

1. The Path

Father has walked
Roughly etched upon his brow
He's unwilling to bequeath it to us

2. The Laughter Mother Brought Over

Steamy and vibrant
Echoes around the dining table
Enveloping the whole family

3. A River of Benevolence

I am a boat on it
Swift or slow my ride
I cannot leave this river Mother opened

4. Wings

Holding Dad with my left hand
Mom with my right
I am a bird that knows how to fly


Author's Note: The above are Chinese three-line poems. Unlike Japanese haiku, which centers around the collision of two images to provoke thoughts, Chinese three-line poems emphasize thematic transcendence or the progression of escalating images to evoke contemplation.


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