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

Monday, October 17, 2022

Capitol Hill Tanka

This Brave New World, LVIII 
Inspired by Mike Pence's upcoming memoir, So Help Me God

armed to the teeth
MAGA patriots are here ...
in a cold sweat
he wakes up to the image
of gallows on Capitol Hill

FYI: Insider, October 14: Mike Pence says his relationship with Trump 'broke down' after the election and describes facing down the president's pressure campaign to overturn the 2020 results in new autobiography.

One report featuring comments from MAGA message boards where Trump supporters mapped out plans to derail Joe Biden's lawful win included a line about lawmakers only leaving the US Capitol one of two ways: "in a bodybag" or "after rightfully certifying Trump the winner." 

Added: The Brave New World, LIX
written in response to Inaugural poet and activist AmandaGorman's remark: The truth is, "one nation under guns."

a cacophony
of horns and tire screeches ...
two fathers 
in a road-rage gunfight
shoot each other's daughters

FYI: The Independent, October 14: Two fathers shoot each other’s daughters in Florida road-rage gunfight.

AddedThree Hundred and Forty-Ninth Entry, Coronavirus Poetry Diary

this chilly eve
of the Party Congress ...
over Sitong Bridge 
a red banner unfurls the words:
Freedom, Not Lockdowns

FYI: Sitong Bridge is located in Beijing's northwestern Haidian district, one of the busiest parts of the city.
And Politics: China, DW News, Oct. 13: Banner in Beijing displays rare voices of dissent

"We want dignity, not lies. We need reform, no cultural revolution," the white banner continued in red letters. "We want to vote, not a leader. Don't be slaves, be citizens."