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

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Blueline and Red Thread Tanka

I protest
with my mouth taped:
don't stain my poems,
Blueline and Red Thread,
with your snow-white kiss

Blueline and Red Thread, 2015

Note: This is the title tanka of the first collection of sociopolitical tanka, Blueline and Red Thread. and it's dedicated to Krzysztof Kieślowski, film director of The Three Colors Trilogy (the collective title of three films, Blue, White, and Red, loosely based on one of the three political ideals in the motto of the French Republic: liberty, equality, fraternity)