Tanka 214, Tanka 215, Tanka 216

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

Tanka 214

the diner waitress
indulges a customer
fresh pot of coffee
sits waiting for the old man
shuffling from the parking lot

Tanka 215

carousel spins but
wild melody loses steam
the horse slackens pace
its painted eyes unwilling.
The child cries to be let down.

Tanka 216

the rank snobbery
of the fake topiary
prompted a pruning
I undertook with pleasure
How I dislike a phony.

One thought on “Tanka 214, Tanka 215, Tanka 216

  1. The faux topiary poem made me laugh. There was something a bit creepy about the carousel poem, maybe something about the painted eyes, or probably just because carousels are a bit too circus-adjacent for me and spark a little of my phobia.

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