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

Sunday, February 1, 2015

More Than Ever, This Land of "Freedom of Expression," A Tanka Prose

If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything. Malcolm X

Men and women, the young and old, line up in the early-morning darkness at a newsstand, waiting to buy the first issue of Charlie Hebdo since the terrorist attacks. On its new cover, the bearded Prophet sheds a single tear and holds up a sign saying,  “I am Charlie.” Above the cartoon on a green background is the headline, “All is forgiven.”

side by side
#Muslim and #JeSuisCharlie
on my screen
Never Forget scrawled in red
on a Paris mosque