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

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Inauguration Eve Haiku

we heard it, we saw it, and we failed it.

the Capitol 
slightly higher than the fence
Inauguration Eve

Added: On or around January 2021, American character changed -- paraphrasing Virginia Woolf

Inauguration Eve
the Lincoln Memorial Pool
edged with 400 lights

FYI: See my "To the Lighthouse" post, Joshi (Prefatory Note) as a Poetic Device. And this haiku is a sequel to my haiku sequence, Inciter-In-Chief, published on the day of Donald Trump's second impeachment:


We will never give up, we will never concede. You'll never take back our country with weakness! You have to show strength! -- "twice-impeached president," Donald Trump

From inflammatory words come violent actions -- on the steps of the Reichstag and now in the Capitol. -- Germany’s Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas

morning chill
a river of floating
MAGA hats

noonday sun
Do the right thing, a twist
to the President's mouth

a smiling white man
waves the Confederate flag
Capitol hallway 

her bloody handprint
on Nothing Can Stop Us
gathering dusk

FBI most wanted 
a silhouette in the window
of the Oval Office

Trump Impeachment
the border wall higher 
than the setting sun