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

Friday, March 29, 2024

Home, Sweet Home

Against the Drowning Noise of Other Words, XLI: "home"

boom, boom, boom
outside the steel safe room
with his ears covered
a boy sings, If I had wings
like Noah's dove to fly up...

siren piercing the haze ...
a Gazan girl holds onto
the cracked clay pot
that keeps memories of smells
from her mother's kitchen

FYI: "Safe Room" (Hebrew: "miklat")  was required by a 1992 Israeli law to install in all new buildings.

According to the clay pot artisans, Gaza has some of the best soil for making this cooking pottery (Business Insider, Nov 5. 2019). And in Gaza City there is an area called Al-Fawakhir, best known for selling clay pottery. Locals buy clay pottery for use in cooking, as home decorations, serving food, storage, or as gifts (Middle East Eye, Aug. 3 2023)

AddedAgainst the Drowning Noise of Other Words, XLII: "2,000 pound block-busting bombs"

thousands more
2,000-pound bombs sent to Israel ...
Joe Biden's eyes spark
at a roomful of donors
chanting, four more years

FYI: Business Insider, March 30: Planned US arms transfer to Israel of 2,000-pound block-busting bombs branded "obscene" hypocrisy by Bernie Sanders as criticism builds

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders labeled the move "obscene" in a post on X, formerly Twitter, writing: "The US cannot beg Netanyahu to stop bombing civilians one day and the next send him thousands more 2,000 lb. bombs that can level entire city blocks."

Added: This Brave New World, CXII

checkpoint after roadblocks after burning tires after a body