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

Friday, May 27, 2022

Now fiercer grows the battle's rage

written in response to The Guardian, May 26: Russian forces have "upper hand" in Donbas fighting, Ukrainian officials say

braids of smoke
through the blank-page sky
a boy's face
in the cellar window
of a half-collapsed house

streaks of blood
on the hospital hallway ...
a gray-haired nurse
looks out the broken window
to see Luhansk anew

FYI: The title is taken from an Irish ballad, The Battle of the Boyne, a historical battle fought in 1690 that was a critical turning point in Irish and  British history.