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

Saturday, June 29, 2024

The Message

at my friend's door
two military officers
in morning chill ...
his son and mine battle
with rows of toy soldiers

A long, heart-piercing scream shakes the living room. My friend's son starts crying uncontrollably in fear, and my son does, too. I am tongue tied and feel frozen in time.

In my mind's eye, I see my friend in a West Point cadet's uniform. His girlfriend, now his wife, stands by his side. His youthful, proud face mingles with his wife's tear-streaked face.