Tagged: tanka

simple messages

simple messages
are easily co-opted
whether we mean to

or not – carve out the space to
interrogate intentions
.
20220117:1248
y

the dry cleaners on

the dry cleaners on
the corner of montrose and
bushwick is long gone,

a bodega moves in, across
from and next to still others
.
20220116:2127
y

the moon is often

the moon is often
some kind of surprise – hung slightly
askew by the night

attendant, left to slowly
fade, then reappear elsewhere
.
20220114:1941
y

not having enough

not having enough
hot chocolate to survive
another snowstorm

first world problems in the nth
degree, buried in disregard
.
20220113:2011
y

the trick is to tuck

the trick is to tuck
the new moon in the crook of
a tree, with enough

room to grow and coverage to be
nurtured into a guiding light
.
20220112:2045
y

there will come a time

there will come a time
when we will be separated
by a pandemic

says no one ever, shouting in
a crowded karaoke bar
.
20220111:2024
y

in the middle of

in the middle of
winter, we worry about
overheating, fire

hazards, and we pray we don’t freeze,
huddled under the same roof
.
20220110:1834
y

missing the look of

missing the look of
the moon from this particular
street is perhaps too

specific – the tilt of these
branches, the curve of the sky
.
20220109:1834
y

this morning’s herd of

this morning’s herd of
deer pranced through the backyard a
blur, only the buck

paused, looked back once to check that
no one had been left behind
.
20220107:1957
y

pain stretches across

pain stretches across
all distances – we pretend
we can shake it off

while rounding this marker or
that marker – it ain’t that easy
.
20220106:2029
y