Chen-ou Liu's Translation Project: First English-Chinese Haiku and Tanka Blog

Tuesday, October 27, 2020


One Hundred Twenty-Seventh  Entry, Coronavirus Poetry Diary
written in response to Trump's Monday claim saying "news about COVID should be illegal."

COVID, COVID, COVID is being used by them, in total coordination, in order to change our great early election numbers. Should be an election law violation, one tweeter bomb explodes, and in the blink of an eye, another attack begins. The Fake News Media is riding COVID, COVID, COVID, all the way to the Election, the President blasts out at full volume.

the White House 
spewing red clouds of virus
in my ink-dark dream
if I stare long into this abyss
will it stare back into me?

Monday, October 26, 2020

Rounding the Turn Tanka

One Hundred Twenty-Fifth Entry, Coronavirus Poetry Diary

the President claims
we're rounding the turn
at a snail's pace
a miles-long line of cars driving
past the food bank parking lot

Added: One Hundred Twenty-Sixth Entry

this look
of a masked street kid ...
the color
of an autumn sunset 
slipping away

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Selected Haiku: Old Man and Stray Dog Haiku

old man's winter night
a stray dog
walking its shadow

NeverEnding Story, February 26, 2017

Selected Haiku: Grandma and First Snowflakes Haiku

the clicking
of grandma's needles ...
first snowflakes

Modern Haiku, 48:2, Summer 2017

Editor's commentary: A great pairing. I especially like the pairing of sound and sight.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

The most famous person in the world by far

One Hundred Twenty-Fourth Entry, Coronavirus Poetry Diary

"'Oh, no, I'm not. I'm the second,' I said. Then my guest leaned toward me and asked, 'Who's more famous?' I replied, (the President pauses for a moment, and a silence reigns over the amphitheater ), 'Jesus Christ.'" 

In the North Carolina sunshine, this almost-totally barefaced crowd roars its approval as the President claps his hands, smiling.

piles of Jesus Saves
and Donald Trump Four More Years ...
new surge of cases

FYI: The Hill, October 15Trump says only Jesus Christ more famous than him


a crescent moon
on the Chicago River ...
in blazing blue letters
over Trump on the Tower 

FYI: In 2014, the Trump Tower installed a huge "Trump" sign on its building that is located in the middle of a touristy attraction along the Chicago River.


for Kamala Harris 

a black woman
dances in a Florida downpour
rain or shine
democracy waits
for no one

FYI: The Indian Express, Oct. 20: Kamala Harris dances in the rain, Twitterati can’t have enough of it

Thursday, October 15, 2020

(Random) Street Check

a tanka set about "proactive" policing and "racial" profiling

alone in the glare
of police car headlights
I become small
and smaller

in the dark
I dash to and fro
nowhere, this Beast
imagined or real

NeverEnding Story, September 14, 2020

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Red Robes and White Bonnets Haiku

 written in response to the Amy Coney Barrett confirmation hearings
 and for Margaret Atwood's Handmaids

protesters cloaked
in red robes and white bonnets ...
Supreme Court silhouette

FYI: The Amy Coney Barrett Supreme Court Hearings Are an Enlightening ShamJohn Cassidy, New Yorker, October 14

Added: One Hundred Twenty-Third Entry, Coronavirus Poetry Diary
for my heroine, former Chicago teacher and activist Beatrice Lumpkin who voted for her first presidential candidate,Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in 1940 and hasn't missed a vote since.

the President claims
I'm immune from Covid-19 ...
woman in full PPE
casting a mail-in ballot 

FYI: Watch CTV's interview with Beatrice Lumpkin who explains why this year’s U.S. presidential election is the “the most important” vote of her lifetime.

Sonless Dark Tanka

divorced for years
alone in my room
I watch sunlight
sift slowly
into the sonless dark

Atlas Poetica, 40, 2020

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Pacific Breeze Tanka

a Pacific breeze
brushing across my face
I breathe in
the scent of my mother,
an ocean away

Atlas Poetica, 40, 2020

Monday, October 12, 2020

Canadian Thanksgiving Haiku

 for American expats in Canada

Thanksgiving dinner
Trump hats and Biden fly swatters
left on the  doormat


1 Times Now, October 10, updated: 'Truth over Flies': Joe Biden's campaign sells out 35,000 fly swatters hours after Vice-Presidential debate. For further information, see CNN Business, October 8: The Biden campaign started selling fly swatters right after the debate. They've already sold out.

2 FYI: CBC News, October 5: The push to get (650,000 -- 1,000,000) Americans in Canada to vote in 2020 election.

First Night Together Tanka

lying on top
my crush looks at me
and blushes . . .
summer grass holds the shape
of our first night together

Atlas Poetica, 40, 2020