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

Friday, December 25, 2020

Under the Mistletoe Haiku

One Hundred Sixty-First Entry, Coronavirus Poetry Diary

under the mistletoe 
we air-kiss each other 
Christmas moonlight


a cracked display window
of the American Dream Store --
Trump's pardon spree

FYI: This store is in this famous "American Dream Mall," a retail and entertainment complex in the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The mall has 450 stores and 33ooo parking spaces and was shut down during the first wave of Covid19. And I published this haiku below (the third haiku of the 4-haiku sequence, Reality Show Host (the Seventh Entry), where every L1 of all the haiku are words quoted from the "President."):

Relax, it all will pass ...
this infectious silence
of the American Dream Mall

in dim light
their Christmas wreath
hangs askew --
a renoviction notice
falling onto the doormat


a street kid
stares at the reflection
in a Christmas window ...
a gingerbread monolith
on the San Francisco hilltop