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

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Nakba Day Tanka

Against the Drowning Noise of Other Words, LXIII: "the day after 'Independence Day,' "Nakba Day"

giant Stars of David
and "Together We Will Win" signs
fill Tel Aviv's sky ...
Gazans flee to nowhere
in a desert of rubble

AddedAgainst the Drowning Noise of Other Words, LIX: "health crisis"

the Grim Reaper waits ...
Gazan children in danger 
from the smoky sky
disease on the ground 
and death from hunger and thirst

FYI: Haaretz, May 16Health Crisis in Gaza Spirals as New Diseases, Infections Spread

The WHO reported this month that from October 16 to May 1, there have been 761,327 known cases of acute respiratory infections.

There have also been 415,766 cases of acute diarrhea (108,777 involving children under the age of 5); 90,982 cases of scabies and lice; 54,799 cases of skin rashes; 8,103 cases of chickenpox; and 61,099 cases of acute jaundice syndrome. These figures significantly surpassed the incidence rates of previous years.