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

Monday, May 22, 2023

In Between Haiku

buzzing of flies 
in between
the Bakhmut bombings

FYI: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the city, where the war's longest and bloodiest battle has raged since August, was "not occupied" by Russia "as of today." 

-- BBC News, May 21: Bakhmut "not occupied" by Russia, says defiant Zelensky


the President replies 
Bakhmut is only in our hearts -- 
a soldier swipes
through cellphone photos, sighing
killed, killed, killed, wounded, killed ...

FYI: The Associated Press, May 21: Zelenskyy says ‘Bakhmut is only in our hearts’ after Russia claims control of Ukrainian city

Today, Bakhmut is only in our hearts. There is nothing on this place, just ground and a lot of dead Russians... Our defenders in Bakhmut ... did strong work, and of course we appreciate them...


in the dugout
a recruit groans, I hate weapons
and gory violence
as if he still didn't know
where he was ...Bakhmut


smell of spring
wildflowers bloom red
on trench walls


spring counteroffensive ...
the buzzing sound 
of an old man's meat grinder

FYI: i24news, May 25, Tel Aviv, Israel: Zelensky’s advisor says Ukraine began long-awaited counteroffensive

'We will use the weapons you gave us to destroy Russian positions on the territories that Moscow has occupied,' Podolyak promises Italians

Mykhailo Podolyak, a senior advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, told Italian TV on Thursday that Ukraine began its long-awaited counteroffensive “several days ago.”