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

Friday, May 29, 2020

I can't breathe Tanka

written in response to the death of George Floyd

riot police
in the gathering dark 
a black boy
on his father's shoulders
holds a sign, I can't breathe 

NeverEnding Story, May 29 2020

FYI: The tanka is a sequel to the following poem I wrote for Eric Garner

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

PoemHunter, December 6, 2014