My daughter Mercy’s baby is arriving any minutes by now. I still remember back in March when we skyped and talked with each other. Mercy and Will showed us the ultrasound film. We made a virtual hug at the end. The joy of parenthood, the wonder of bringing a new life into this word were so overwhelmed. Mercy has been excited and celebrated the process by capturing the moments in photos. The family and community are so enthusiastic and supportive. This gives them a firm assurance and confidence.
This is the prompt of Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge Week 61 – Explosion & Blocked
Explosion blocked, for
Over population, thus
One child family
Thirty-five long years later
Skewed sex is the new problem
Note: In 1979, China imposed a one-child family policy. For Chinese, having a son means carrying on the name of the family. Women would try their best to have a son. On October 29, 2015, it was reported that the existing law would be changed to a two-child policy, but it didn’t reverse the impact of the previous 35 years.
Stone wall standing between the next door neighbor and our home, built to the maximum height of six feet tall. The neighbor originated the idea as I remember. The new neighbor took a different turn. Neither the branches of my trees nor leaves of my plants are welcome to extend past the wall. I trimmed the orange tree to a half dome shape and make my plants behave.
Stone wall separates
Turn to lone castles
The neighbor on the other side greets me in the morning, praises the plants and flowers in my garden. This is one of the two neighbors of twenty-five years. Other homes have a great turn over. New people seem to have stone faces. I try to reach out, yet favors didn’t receive any return.
Mystery of faces
Some turns we have made
Retrieve to cautious islands
Never give, never receive
We had a neighborhood watch. A neighbor rang the doorbell when our garage door was still open at midnight. Where did the friendly neighbors go? Why have the neighborhood parties slipped away? I wonder!