From the collection published in 2021, The Immediate and No Sooner.
giant glassy eye
rolls in unfocused circles
a small orange speck
darts in and out of vision
floating past the bleary lens
Sharp nose set to sting
takes steady aim. First easy
then don’t hold back. Bite.
The drill cuts its precise mark.
Fine sawdust floats to the floor.
Whisk that word that means
beat eggs and cream pale yellow
a froth of bubbles
poured on mushrooms in pastry
shut the oven door. It’s whisk.
4 thoughts on “Tanka 181,182, 183”
All three are great but I especially enjoyed your personification of the drill. The way you made drew the comparison to some kind of stinging insect was very effective.
Thankyou. I have always thought of a drill in just this way, how they swoop in and make a stab at something. Like a wasp. Eek.
#182 is my favorite of the 3 – love the accurate instructions for making the start and going full tilt!
I got my own drill a couple of years ago (rather than trying to use the one my husband has which is heavy and awkward for my hands) and I love it.
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