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

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Trauma Dumping Tanka

this church group
once again trauma dumping 
on each other ...
the closeness between their bodies
the distance   between their hearts


the sound of fury
a row of houses dragged out
to sea by the storm

FYI: USA Today, September 24'I'm seeing homes in the ocean': Fiona makes devastating landfall in Atlantic Canada

...The Canadian Hurricane Centre called Fiona a "historic storm for eastern Canada" and a "potential landmark weather event" in a region where hurricanes are relatively rare...

Added: reading between the lives and writing between the lines, XXIX

a big stuffed monkey
stapled to the railings
of a bridge that leads
to the oldest Black town ...
my wife holds my hand tighter

Added: Game Show 2024, VII
written in response to Insider, Sep. 24: Donald Trump shares Truth Social photo proclaiming him as second only to Jesus

in dim light
I'm the second greatest 
second greatest ...
he mumbles, staring at Jesus
on the wall of his psych room

FYI: Trump has made these grand proclamations himself. In August 2019, Trump told reporters in reference to trade with China: "I am the chosen one." He also shared tweets describing him as the "King of Israel" and "the second coming of God." ...Insider, Sep. 24


Women, Life, Freedom
painted in red letters 
across topless women's' chests ...
Iranian Embassy
in the gathering dark

FYI: Today we stand with the brave citizens and the brave women of Iran who right now are demonstrating to secure their basic rights...

-- President Joe Biden, UN General Assembly Speech

FYI: CBC News, September 26: Iran accuses U.S. of trying to exploit unrest over death of Mahsa Amini and Democracy Now, September 27: “Women! Life! Freedom!” Iranian Women Lead Nationwide Protests After Death of Mahsa Amini

Over the past two weeks:
76 people killed 
More than 1,200 people arrested (at least 20 journalists arrested covering the protests)