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

Thursday, November 5, 2020

We have already won Tanka

the opening tanka of my new tanka sequence, Nothing Less Real Than Reality, written in response to the new Reality Show produced by the White House

Details are confusing. It is only by selection, by elimination, by emphasis, that MAGA hat wearers get at the Real Meaning of things
-- paraphrasing my favourite artist, Georgia O'Keeffe


the president
claims, we have already won ...
a stray dog
in the lamppost shadow
answering another

Added:  Nothing Less Real Than RealityII

the President yells
they're finding Biden votes
all over the place --
my Champ cocks his leg
under the Four More Years sign

FYI: Joe Biden has a dog of the same name, Champ (short for champion), and he is nearing 270 electoral votes...