Tanka 159, 160

From The Immediate and No Sooner, published in 2021.

Tanka 159

The pencil roots out
failed graphed math functions once more.
The hand sweeps aside
scatters of erasure crumbs
from the cleared ground. Dig again.

Tanka 160

Why bother? Who needs
the front door decorated
with a plastic wreath
serving up the tired fragments
of a lukewarm welcome home?

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