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

Monday, June 17, 2013

De Wallen at Twilight, A Haiku Sequence

Old Sichuan Cuisine
between window brothels
I eat alone

from one window brothel
to another...
a street dog and I

surrounded by girls
in the window brothels...
me and the Oude Kerk


1 De Wallen, a major tourist attraction, is the largest and best known red-light district in Amsterdam, in/famous for its "window brothels" ("one-room cabins" rented by sex workers).
2 Sichuan cuisine is known for its spicy, tongue-numbing dishes.
3 Founded in 1213, the Oude Kerk ("old church") is Amsterdam’s oldest building and old parish church.

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