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

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Iron Door Tanka

Sixteenth Entry, Coronavirus Poetry Diary
written in response to this alarming new: Asian-Americans are rushing to buy guns as they observe an increased number of Asians being targeted by coronavirus-related attacks

Chinese virus ...
long wait at the iron door
of a gun store
an Asian-looking man sighs,
I just want some peace of mind

Note: This tanka is a sequel to the fifteenth entry, written to this troubling Al Jazeera's March 26 news: Coronavirus triggers panic-buying of guns in US.

100 more 
coronavirus deaths -- 
the lineup curls
around the parking lot
of a gun megastore