Colleen’s Poetry Challenge – Poet’s Choice of Words

Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 126, “Poet’s Choice of Words”


The last eight weeks, our family went through many special occasions and experienced extreme emotions.

My nephew got married on January 19 this year. He met Summer when they studied for the master’s degree program. Enoch speaks Cantonese and Summer speaks Mandarin. During their courtship, they learned each other’s language. Of course, Summer’s parents speak Mandarin and my sister Yolanda, her husband Patrick and their daughter Eva speak Cantonese. Some family and friends speak English. So, the wedding was conducted in three languages. The vows in the wedding ceremony were done in Mandarin. During the break of the evening wedding banquet, Enoch serenaded Summer in Cantonese. It was the most romantic song I had ever heard.

The wedding was a whole day event. The groom and best men played the games responding to the bridesmaids when picking up the bride in the morning. The church wedding followed by a garden cake cutting ceremony in the afternoon, and the nine-course banquet in the evening.

The family and friends rejoiced with the young couple and celebrated the new beginning of their marriage.




On January 17, we said goodbye to Canty, a mother of two sons, mother-in-law, grandmother, sister, an aunt, a good friend, a graceful ballroom dancer. Our family in Hong Kong sent her off in a celebration of life and cremation on March 2nd and 3rd. We’re thankful to be there to let her know we love her.


On February 25th, we welcomed the newest member, Tori to our family. She was my niece’s first baby and my sister-in-law’s first grandchild. Baby Tori brings so much joy and excitement to the immediate and extended family.



Friends may come and go

Family stays forever

Happy or sorrow

We laugh, weep, mourn together

Ties go beyond all measures



Colleen’s Poetry Challenge – Poet’s Choice of Words


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