Haiku 862, Tanka 198, 199

From the poetry collection published in 2021 containing poems written in 2020, The Immediate and No Sooner.

Haiku 862

cheap canvas sneakers
one of them lost in the lake
wading last summer


Tanka 198

Four wives wear blue hair
play their harsh card game and bet
ill-fitting secrets
cigarettes in lipsticked mouths.
None of them were newlyweds.


Tanka 199

here is your best chance
to tell the truth. Purse your lips
prepare them to speak.
Open the tube of lipstick
Come clean and live forever.


2 thoughts on “Haiku 862, Tanka 198, 199

  1. The first poem made me laugh because one of my kids was always losing shoes in bodies of water when he was really wee. Many times I have waded out into a loch to rescue a shoe. We lived over 90 miles away from a shoe shop otherwise there are definitely times when I just would have let it go.

    • We used to do some canoeing and you needed a pair of old sneakers to wear, because canoeing involves some wading. And then there is always the person who somehow loses a shoe during the trip. OMG those pebbles on the bottom of the creek shallows can hurt!

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