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

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Crusader Sword and New Clashes Tanka

This Brave New World, XXVI

a Crusader sword
encrusted with shells and stones
off the coast of Israel ...
new clashes between Jews and Muslims

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

The Assault Tanka

This Brave New World, XXV

a woman 
being raped on the train ...
some bystanders 
hold up their smartphones
to film the assault

FYI: Train riders held up phones as woman was raped, police say, Associated Press, October 18

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man charged with raping a woman on a commuter train just outside of Philadelphia harassed her for more than 40 minutes while multiple people held up their phones to seemingly record the assault without intervening, authorities said....

Monday, October 18, 2021

Dry Cough Haiku

Two Hundred and Seventy-Fourth Entry, Coronavirus Poetry Diary

the masked teacher's dry cough
classroom silence deepens 

Added: Two Hundred and Seventy-Fifth Entry

maternity ward
the masked husband answers
with silence

FYI: CDC director says U.S. Covid deaths among pregnant women peaked in August, Robert Towey, CNBC, September 30

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Thursday that Covid-19 deaths among pregnant women reached a record high of 21 in August, urging expectant mothers to get vaccinated against the virus.

Just 31% of pregnant women nationwide are vaccinated, even though pregnant women with Covid are likelier to experience dangerous symptoms that jeopardize their infants’ health, she said. Walensky’s comments came just a day after the CDC announced a health advisory for pregnant women to get vaccinated to reduce the risk of contracting a severe case of Covid.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Mountaintop and Demons Tanka

last mile
to the mountaintop ...
this breezy silence
holds all the noise
of my demons

Gusts, 33, Spring/Summer 2021

Friday, October 15, 2021

Wind-Blown Leaves Tanka

wind-blown leaves
in deepening twilight
a woman alone
by the arched window
of a nursing home

Gusts, 33, Spring/Summer 2021

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Rustle Tanka

in the dark
fully clothed on the bed
we resonate
to every rustle
on the night we fall in love

Gusts, 33, Spring/Summer 2021

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Thanksgiving Leftovers Tanka

to reheat leftovers ...
the memories
we didn't share but bury inside
on Thanksgiving night

Added: Two Hundred and Seventy-Third Entry, Coronavirus Poetry Diary

police station banner waving 
we are still smiling under our masks

Monday, October 11, 2021

Pandemic Thanksgiving Haiku

Two Hundred and Seventy-Second Entry, Coronavirus Poetry Diary

written in response to the advice from Canada's chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam: hosting small gatherings and being mindful of people’s vaccination status.

Thanksgiving buffet
dining tables six feet apart 
under the same roof

Friday, October 8, 2021

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

A World of Styrofoam Balls Tanka

Two Hundred and Sixty-Ninth Entry, Coronavirus Poetry Diary

jolted awake 
by a recurring nightmare:
my body floats 
in a world of styrofoam balls
dotted with red spikes

Added: Two Hundred and Seventieth Entry

a sudden rise
in breakthrough cases ...
hush of leaf fall

Added: Two Hundred and Seventy-First Entry

a long line
at the checkout counter
as sunlight slants in
the masked cashier smiles
with her hazel eyes 

Sunday, October 3, 2021

The Weight of Fear

bust another house party
at an Airbnb
to get infected 

a long lineup
at the mobile clinic
two young men
with masks under their chins
laughing at each other

delta surging
and antibodies waning ...
I escape
into the crawl space 
of ten-year-old me