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

Saturday, March 12, 2022

A Ukrainian's Stare Haiku

written in response to The Globe and Mail, March 11: Mariupol "on the edge of total desperation," official says, as death toll mounts in besieged Ukrainian city

a Ukrainian's stare ...
his shadow slips 
into a mass grave


not a place
like Iraq or Afghanistan
it's civilized ...
the reporter states at the border
crowded with Ukrainians

FYI: Global News, March 10: Prince William faces fury over ‘racist’ Ukraine war comments

During a visit to the Ukrainian Cultural Centre yesterday, Prince William said: “Everyone is horrified by what they are seeing. The news every day, it’s almost unfathomable. For our generation, it’s very alien to see this in Europe. We’re all right behind you.

And The Tyee, March 11: This isn’t a place like Iraq’: racism in the media coverage of Ukraine.

Reporting on the conflict, on February 25, CBS News correspondent Charlie D’Agata said: “this isn’t a place like Iraq or Afghanistan…this is a relatively civilized European city where you wouldn’t expect that or hope that it’s going to happen.”

When NBC News correspondent Kelly Cobiella was asked why Poland is suddenly accepting Ukrainian refugees and didn’t accept others in 2015 from other countries, she responded: “…to put it bluntly, these are not refugees from Syria….these are Christians; they’re white”.

Added: for Vera Lytovchenko, dubbed Ukraine’s “cellar violinist”

distant thunders ...
the violinist playing
a lullaby
for Ukrainian children
sheltered in a cellar

FYI: Time Of Israel, March 10: Sheltering from Russian bombs, Ukraine’s ‘cellar violinist’ plays on: Vera Lytovchenko becomes internet icon of resilience as images of her playing in basement bomb shelter inspire an international audience via social media