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

Friday, July 23, 2021

American Dis/Grace

This Brave New World,  XVI
a tanka sequence about the richest man's an "11-minute, supersonic joy ride"

a billionaire
blasting off into space...
a masked old man
turns off the soup kitchen TV 
and takes his place in line

New Shepard
penetrates the o-zone --
neon lights
on a line of rocket dildos
in the window display

600 tickets
already sold for space tourism
next year ...
through my attic skylight
I imagine the pandemic world

FYI: Business Insider, July 20: "I want to thank every Amazon employee and every Amazon customer because you guys paid for all of this," Jeff Bezos said during a post-flight press conference. 

Business Insider, July 26: ProPublica reported that Bezos paid $0 in income taxes for at least two years from 2006 to 2018...

Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted Sunday about Jeff Bezos' recent spaceflight, saying that if he could afford to go to space, he could afford to pay more in taxes.

"The richest guy on Earth can launch himself into space while over half the country lives paycheck to paycheck, nearly 43 million are saddled with student debt, and child care costs force millions out of work," Warren tweeted. "He can afford to pitch in so everyone else gets a chance."