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

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Tired Nurse and Patient Tanka

Forty-Fourth Entry, Coronavirus Poetry Diary

a tired nurse
opens the bedside window
my friend's voice
flows in with the night breeze
as his mother's eyes close 

Note: This tanka is a sequel to the thirty-ninth entry

an old woman
in the rain-streaked window --
new death toll

FYI: A nursing home in New York has reported the deaths of 98 residents who are believed to have had coronavirus. The "horrifying" death toll at the Isabella Geriatric Center in Manhattan is believed to be one of the worst outbreaks in the US...  Sky News, May 2