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

Friday, July 2, 2021

Canada Day Reckoning Tanka

This Brave New World, XIV, written on Canada Day (of reckoning)

red and white coloring
turns into a stream of orange
on Parliament Hill 
the gray-haired Elders chanting
every child matters

FYI: L1 refers to the colors of the Canadian flag while "orange" in L2 is the color of the protesters' shorts (FYI: Orange represents the color of the indigenous peoples in Canada because of Orange Shirt Day, also known as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation)