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

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

As If Nothing Mattered

tank tracks
shrouded in winter mist
the burnt woods

trees blackened 
by a cloud of ravens 
blood-stained doll 

On a Zoom meeting with his Ukrainian cousin, the Russian blogger pauses for a moment, then responds in a lower voice as if murmuring to himself, “Nobody sees on TV that people are dying. Everyone around me thinks that maybe everything is ok, and we're told it's a special military operation."

His cousin looks tired and has weeks-old stubble. He says with a sigh, "I was issued an automatic rifle yesterday, and my neighbour and I made thirty Molotov cocktails." His words are met with an uncomfortable silence. 

basement shelter
empty bottles, tuna cans 
and camouflage nets

thunder of gun-fire
another spring arrives
with falling snow