Monday, January 28, 2013

Tuesday Poem - Death like a shy doorframe by De Er He

Death like a shy doorframe

Death is like a shy doorframe

All Mother ever did was put her hand on it for support a little while

Before it, becoming lower and lower

Turned into a photo frame -

In tight support of Mother.

Translated by Ouyang Yu

This poignant little apercu first appeared in the Weekend Australian Review and then in The Best Australian Poems 2012.


  1. Oh! That's literally what I said when I finished the poem - a drawn out amazed 'oh' like a sigh. So simple and without obvious sentiment and yet so FULL. Perfect. Thanks Jen