Tanka 161, 162, 163

From the collection The Immediate and No Sooner, 2021.

Tanka 161

in a group photo
stalks of corn in mile-long rows
squint into the light
the whole field standing and turned
posed in three-quarter profile

Tanka 162

no biography
the mirror reflects no face
the pages blanked out
the memories never made
can it all be true? can it?

Tanka 163

Patient ruthless heirs
not taking the slightest chance
of derailed dollars
secure the perimeter.
Set watch. Settle in to wait.

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