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

Saturday, July 1, 2023

That's It

Canada Day
through wildfire smoke
the squawk of gulls

fireworks over ...
the distance between stars
and our silence 

FYI: CNBC, Climate, June 30: Four North American cities now near worst air quality in the world

Key Points:

1 New York; Washington, D.C.; Montreal; and Toronto have some of the worst air quality in the world, according to an AQI tracking service.

2 Canadian wildfires have sent smoky air around much of North America over the last few weeks.

3 The effect of the wildfires has been significantly worsened by climate change, researchers have found.

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

firework-lit sky
my veteran friend sleeps 
with a gun

Addedreading between the lives and writing between the lines, LXXI

our football team
lines up for O' Canada
in the center
a Black player looks up
at the sky, endless blue

Added: This Brave New World, XCII

a rowdy white man
held face down on the airport floor
by policemen
he screams, you’re treating me
like a fucking black person