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

Monday, December 7, 2020

Covid Heat Map and Four More Years Tanka

One Hundred Forty-Seventh Entry, Coronavirus Poetry Diary

the heat map 
turns from red to dark red
in Georgia's sunshine
the President pumps his fist
when the crowd chants, four more years

FYI: The New Yorker, Dec. 4: "Donald Trump, George Wallace, and the Influence of Losers"  by Steve Coll

Donald Trump will leave the White House in January, but Trumpism—that amorphous mobilization of nationalism, white nostalgia, and anti-élite grievance, twisted by disinformation—will likely remain a force in American politics for years.

Added: One Hundred Forty-Eighth Entry

autumn deepening
as new cases surge
a lone crow
caws into the dark
on the power line

Added: One Hundred Forty-Ninth Entry

surge upon surge ...
a phalanx of men with "grow up
mask up "sandwich boards


row upon row
of tattered Stars and Stripes
outside the prison wall --
another five inmates
waiting for their last meals

FYI: Associated Press, Dec. 7: Trump (the "most prolific execution president in over 130 years") ratchets up pace of executions before Biden inaugural.