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

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Black Pastor & Evangelical Neighbor Tanka

reading between the lives and writing between the lines, XXIV

while watering the lawn next door
a Black pastor
wonders if (his) God looks the same
to his Evangelical neighbor

Addedreading between the lives and writing between the lines, XXV

in ecstasy
exclaiming, I am, I am
I have, I have...
the new neighbor grins at me
behind his white picket fence

FYI: The tanka is a sequel to the following:

a rooster
with my backyard hens
the new neighbor gives
a speech about himself

Prune Juice, 29, November 2019

Chen-ou Liu

Added: reading between the lives and writing between the lines, XXVI

trees stand bare
against sunset skies ...
at the edge
of a seniors village
a funeral home

FYI: The tanka is written in response to the following:

outdoor café
a man as old as i
with a smile
that reveals a truce
with sadness 

Arithmetic, 2020

George Swede

AddedGame Show, 2024, V

Trump demands 
to be declared President ...
I look out
at a flaming sunset sky
as the anchor and guests cross-talk

FYI: HuffPost, August 29Trump Demands To Be Declared President Nearly 2 Years After Election

“Declare the rightful winner or — and this would be the minimal solution —declare the 2020 Election irreparably compromised and have a new Election, immediately!” Trump wrote in a message on Truth Social.