Tanka 170, 171

From The Immediate and No Sooner, published in 2021.

Tanka 170

Down on the corner
three faces cast their blank eyes –
the empty sidewalk
offers up no recompense
for their efforts. Boredom stands.

Tanka 171

trees in stacked up shade
dark cool lines woven up tight
one branch reaches out
gestures. Come in here, it says,
come in here and be with us.