“During Visit, Obama Skirts Chinese Political Sensitivities” (Chen-ou Liu)

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………………..eating
………………..a McDonald’s happy meal
………………..in Tiananmen Square
………………..so many students
………………..were killed

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Headlines:

“During Visit, Obama Skirts Chinese Political Sensitivities” (New York Times)

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This poem was submitted by Chen-ou Liu (see poet biographies). Read more Chen-ou Liu on Haiku News.

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^ 5 Comments...

  1. Laurence Stacey

    Hey Chen-ou, this tanka is a personal favorite of mine. There is a weight to this poem that really settles after “Tiananmen Square.” Lovely work and an interesting article!

  2. Chen-ou Liu

    Laurence, many thanks for your kind words and for helping me polish this poem.

    Chen-ou

  3. Editor

    Hey Chen-ou, I agree with Laurence – this one is excellent. The juxtaposition is perfect (and horrifying).

  4. Bill Kenney

    This one cuts deep.

  5. Chen-ou Liu

    Dick and Bill, many thanks for your encouraging comments. Much appreciated.

    Chen-ou

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