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

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Omicron Strains and Halloween Skeletons Tanka

Three Hundred and Fiftieth Entry, Coronavirus Poetry Diary

Omicron strains are coming ...
hang from an oak tree
in Halloween dusk

FYI: Yahoo News, October 12: WHO issues new warning over winter flu surge and COVID wave.

And CNBC, Oct. 28: Omicron subvariants resistant to key antibody treatments are increasing every week in the U.S.

The subvariants BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 now represent 27% of infections in the U.S., a significant jump from the week prior when they made up about 16% of new cases, according to CDC data published Friday.

AddedThree Hundred and Fifty-First Entry, Coronavirus Poetry Diary

cold and flu season
with covid19 in the mix ...
layers of dark clouds

FYI: The Washington Post, Oct. 28: So far, this flu season is more severe than it has been in 13 years 

And Democracy Now, Oct.27: Children’s Hospitals See Surge in RSV as Experts Warn of Winter "Tripledemic" of Respiratory Illness

Public health experts in the United States are warning of a possible "tripledemic" of respiratory illness this winter: an increase in COVID cases, an early flu season and a surge in cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). 

AddedThis Brave New World, LXI
written on the Day of Halloween and in response to Amanda Gorman's tweet, "One Education under Desks"

Attack of Fright

this unspoken weight 
of a plantation ghost story 
clomp! clomp! clomp! ...

gunshots outside 
under the teacher's desk
two skeletons

FYI: The following is the full text:

Schools scared to death.
The truth is, one education under desks,
Stooped low from bullets;
That plunge when we ask
Where our children
Shall live
& how
& if