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

Saturday, August 26, 2023

Jobian Struggle Tanka

for Thomas Mann who claimed,  "A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people." 

my whisky glass
half full or half empty?
with the Muse
this Jobian struggle
over noise and silence

We [write] to know we're "not alone."
-- paraphrasing The character of C.S. Lewis in William Nicholson's play, "Shadowlands"