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

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Hometown Haiku

rain-streaked window
what’s left of my hometown
all a blur

Acorn, 47, 2021

Saturday, January 15, 2022

The Pope, Pets and Children Tanka

reading between the lives and writing between the lines, VIII

the Pope lectures,
it's selfish to have pets 
instead of children ...
in the rented room, my bed
colder in slanted moonlight

Friday, January 14, 2022

Light of Snow Haiku

light of snow
my newborn’s chest rises
with every breath

Chinese Translation


Thursday, January 13, 2022

Tattooed Number Tanka

reading between the lives and writing between the lines, VII
written in response to State Senator Scott Baldwin's comment

be impartial
when teaching about Nazism ...
the tattooed number
still visible on grandpa’s arm
and in his broken heart

FYI: Washington Post, Jan. 10, 2022: An Indiana GOP state senator said teachers ‘need to be impartial’ during lessons about Nazism and fascism

On Wednesday, during an Indiana state Senate committee hearing about a proposed bill that would ban “divisive concepts” in school classrooms, Republican Sen. Scott Baldwin said teachers’ lessons about fascism and Nazism should be impartial.

“Marxism, Nazism, fascism … I have no problem with the education system providing instruction on the existence of those ‘isms,’ ” said Baldwin, who co-wrote the bill. “I believe that we’ve gone too far when we take a position. … We need to be impartial.”...

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Vaccine Shopping Tanka

Three Hundredth Entry, Coronavirus Poetry Diary

vaccine shopping
from one pharmacy
to another ...
the schools move online
as parents, Omicron rage

FYI: Half of people in Ontario offered Moderna COVID shot refuse it, Global News, Jan. 7 2022

Justin Bates, the CEO of the Ontario Pharmacists Association. said both Pfizer and Moderna are “extremely good vaccines — the same.” “It should be one mRNA equals the other.”

Added: Three Hundred and First  Entry

a polar station
wrapped in snow light
omicron surge

ABC News, Jan. 4: COVID outbreak in Belgian research station in Antarctica: At least 11 of the 33 workers have tested positive.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Inuit Child's Wish Sci-fi Haiku

a midnight river 
of Starlink satellites ...
an Inuit child's wish

FYI: Is Starlink a grand innovation or a menace?Space, January 7, 2022

Starlink is the name of a satellite network developed by the private spaceflight company SpaceX to provide low-cost internet to remote locations. SpaceX eventually hopes to have as many as 42,000 satellites in this so-called megaconstellation... 

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Half-Collapsed Oak and Three Generations Tanka

the twisted roots
of a half-collapsed oak ...
the rumour lingers
behind grandma's bedroom door
for three generations

Hedgerow, 137, 2021

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Charred Doll Haiku

nightfall turns to snow ..
a charred doll
amid the debris 

Hedgerow, 137, 2021

Friday, January 7, 2022

Earth Hour Party Tanka

Earth Hour Party:
we switch off the lights
walk hand in hand
to the city square
listen to the world unfurl

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Neither Heaven Nor Earth

This Brave New World, XXXVI 
the "first and only" sci-fi haiku sequence about the January 6th insurrection written for its first anniversary 

e-trashed in 
(with the voices of my mind)
January 6th

light-year of QAnons
blocked between Trump fans and foes 
the Capitol Scrapyard

Liu not Lou, Liu not Lou ... 
the Trump-minded eTherapist 
can't learn a new trick

FYI: Lou Dobbs, a staunch Donald Trump supporter who hosted Fox Business Network’s highest-rated show, was a key driver of baseless election fraud claims. Fore more, see Fox News cancels Lou Dobbs Tonight , The Guardian, Feb. 5 2021

AddedThis Brave New World, XXXVII 

overcast skies
stains visible on the steps
to the Capitol

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Heated Debate Scifaiku

written on the eve of the first anniversary of the January 6th insurrection and for Robert J. Sawyer who proclaims: Science fiction has always been a means for political comment
heated debate 
a black hole in my eMind
light-hour wide

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Monday, January 3, 2022

Slit of Light and Dropout Daughter

a slit of light 
beneath the bathroom door 
for hours 
no sound or movement
from her dropout daughter

Sunday, January 2, 2022

The Making of "Make It New"

written on New Year's Sunday

Mala beads
carved into skull shapes
dream of the last night

the glow 
of a good-luck crystal 
first sunrise

Friday, December 31, 2021

Time Beast Tanka

written on the last day of this surreal year, 2021

I lift my leg high
as the Time Beast approaches ...
kick after kick
at the snowy darkness
until it bleeds daylight

FYI: Ls 1&3  allude to the fierce Bruce Lee kicks. See this 7-minute supercut of every Bruce Lee kick in film.

AddedTwo Hundred and Ninety-Ninth Entry, Coronavirus Poetry Diary

curbside pickup
of dinner for one
a stray's stare

Thursday, December 30, 2021

The Same Question Tanka

for the third time 
this morning Father asks me
the same question ...
wisps of winter fog
shrouding our oak tree

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Rippling Voices Tanka

for the woman I met
in a dream 
the rippling voices
of prairie grasses
(for Laura  Ingalls)