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

Saturday, March 13, 2021

The Aftermath

Life is about storytelling — about the stories we tell ourselves, the stories we are told and the stories we buy into ... Duchess of Sussex, Meghan

white on white
this snowy day
a voice lurking
in dim corners of her mind,
the baby's skin color?

we're very much
not a racist family ...
in winter chill
a black man mutters
at least a bit

AddedOne Hundred Eighty-Ninth Entry, Coronavirus Poetry Diary

I guess Covidiots love company -- paraphrasing Cynthia Hand

the Idaho sky
darkened by columns of smoke ...
Burn the Mask

FYI: In other words almost all whites will always be at least a bit racist . This perception , which can take hold particularly at times when white workers aren't fighting racism. 

-- Malcolm X: Socialism and Black Nationalism, p. 42

1 The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict."

12 In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.