Tagged: tanka

making apple sauce

making apple sauce
while mama does her homework,
my daddy and me –

home is wherever we are
together, working towards home
.
20220924:1848
y

it’s the third or fourth

it’s the third or fourth
harvest of the season – our
shishito peppers,

mysteriously giving,
curiously holding back
.
20220923:0644
y

tofu is not gross

tofu is not gross
the way olives are gross – there,
i’ve said it, after

hearing more than our fair share
of anti-tofu sentiments
.
20220922:2132
y

we can easily

we can easily
rely on one another’s
comfort food to make

it through, borrowing spices
whose names we need not pronounce
.
20220921:1545
y

we have harvested

we have harvested
yesterday’s tomatoes for
today’s pasta, a

bouquet of fresh basil gave
up its breath to top it off
.
20220920:2237
y

mama’s purslane grows

mama’s purslane grows
dutifully, as shelter
for the frog, a snack

for the deer, and nutrition
for our family omelette
.
20220919:2241
y

dad searches for mom’s

dad searches for mom’s
cooking in every city
where she doesn’t have

a kitchen, comes home famished
as if no one tried to feed him
.
20220918:2054
y

the ice maker stirs,

the ice maker stirs,
makes ice after guests have gone
to bed, sorry, not

sorry, seeking affirmation
in the middle of the night
.
20220918:0814
y

every road offers

every road offers
an opportunity to
wander – there are no

promises or incentives
beyond the invitation
.
20220916:1756
y

coming upon a

coming upon a
construction site at quitting
time, matching children

abandoning their toys, mid-
strike, to wash up for dinner
.
20220915:2002
y