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

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Anything New Under the Sun?

Two Hundred and Tenth Entry, Coronavirus Poetry Diary

a flood of memories
from the black hole of the past ...
three white kids
ride their bikes by me
yelling SARS, SARS 

four years of Trump
and four seasons of Covid ...
I take sleeping pills
and curl into a race-blind dream,
the fifth corner of my world

Added: Two Hundred and Eleventieth Entry
written after Biden signed the Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act

The "New Yellow Peril"

kung flu ...
on a white man's face
this meaty grin

another old Asian man
knocked to the ground
job growth slows sharply

Go back to China
this voice at the back door
of my quarantined mind

FYI: A Chinese-American civil rights group is suing Trump for $22.9m for calling COVID-19 the 'China Virus' and 'Kung Flu'. That's $1 for each Asian American and Pacific Islander living in the US. Joshua Zitser, Business Insider, May 22, 2021

Added: Two Hundred and Twelfth Entry

jump, jump, jumping
on the backyard trampoline
made in Wuhan ...
now I'm six feet higher
than the white neighbor's fence