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

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A Dead Man Writing, A Tanka Prose

for Ernest Hemingway who claimed that
The important thing for a writer is to tell a good story... The best ones are liars.

at daybreak
Death has a boot
on my neck
the first line for him
I'm a slave to words

Who is really interested in reading your poetry? A smirk on his face.

I have nothing important to write, I say, All I can do is sit down at the computer and bleed. If no one reads it, you, Death, will be my reviewer.

NeverEnding Story, September 9, 2013