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

Saturday, December 6, 2014

"I can't breathe" Tanka

for Eric Garner

blindfolded Justice
holding her scales and sword
in the square
row upon row of black men
chanting I can't breathe

Note:  For more info., see John Eligon's New York Times' article, titled Police Killings Reveal Chasms Between Races:

The recent high-profile deaths of black people at the hands of police officers have exposed sharp differences about race relations in unexpected and often uncomfortable ways... you can read the full text here