Shadorma 304, Tanka 186

From the collection published in 2021, The Immediate and No Sooner.

Shadorma 304
6/25/20

Angular.
Shrugs broad shoulders
stands modest.
The T-square
real nice job you did. Ceiling fits
flawless on the walls.

Tanka 186
7/10/20

in a light rainfall
off down the hill a mile away
the train whistle blows
a tired and sorrowful voice
worn down around the edges

A few new: Snippets 422-426

I did a LOT of snippets this week. Here are few for you to look at.

422.
many will be wondering
what a paper clip clasped
to paperwork thinks about

423.
in the winter
slipping through a hidden
happiness

424.
one more deity
plenty of warning
We Listen too late not enough
the end

425.
when she married him
It was cold outside
at the end of the future

426.
What would
make you wish you were
cooked cabbage
and not know it


Shadorma 302, 303

From the collection published in 2021, The Immediate and No Sooner.

Shadorma 302
6/25/20

Magnify
the pattern lose the
coherence
gain the soft
fleeting vagueness of what you
see and will forget


Shadorma 303
6/25/20

gloss egg-yolk
yellow burned shine black
around the
edges bowl –
scribbled comet caught in glaze
here on our table

Little Vines 6/23/22

This week’s selection.

5957.
The clang of shovel on rock
The bell struck
it Rings only once
Good-bye, it says. I hear it. Good-bye.

5958.
She discarded the price tag
picking it off with her plastic fingernails.
I did not feel I could intervene.

5959.
lemons
deafening yellow
fragrant acidity
a sparkle curled inside a rind

5960.
dishrags emerge
from the suds
wrung out from a hard day’s work

5961.
reputations
now so gracelessly extinct
lie in cracked ruins in the cemetery
scattered through the unmown grass

5962.
that moment in the warm kitchen
of bright unfettered hopes
eager that my efforts might please

5963.
in the living room so long ago a little girl
curled up asleep on the prickly red carpet
guarded by the heavy legs of the piano

5964.
Did I hear a faint echo
as I stood among the gravestones
in the manicured cemetery?

5965.
the heartbreaker continued in his ways
spackling the afterlife with
hard gravestone kisses


5966.
disappointed hearts retreating
a single word had broken the news:
the tickets are all sold out

5967.
The train stood in the station at midnight
full of people
knowing where but not always knowing why
they were going

5968.
I remember a lot of things about that time
but mostly trees
and feeling alone

5969.
the cloud overeats
the sky disappears
what’s left is a moon with a bite taken out of it

5970.
Eight years old
standing there laughing.
At me. Of course. My cat.


5971.
test booklet and pencil
a good view to the left and to the right
Yes, I’m ready for the exam now

5972.
what loud voices
even in winter in snow a foot deep
the dreaming daffodil bulbs have

5973.
You’re stupid stupid stupid
sang the valentines in their envelopes
trusting Cupid Cupid Cupid

5974.
Her eyes gleamed like polished acorns
elated at successfully evading a squirrel.
Possibly she is overconfident.

5975.
a tissue from the box
nothing to offer but anonymous comfort
but that was enough


5976.
a spin and a panic and making other plans
the vehicle shies away
U-turn and gone in a hurry

5977.
the ruined molecule
the corrosive stars
the discolored luminescent clouds
Now even fate has gone numb

5978.
Answer in a short paragraph. Discuss fully.
Are you anonymous or synonymous?
Polynomial or abdominal?
Molecular or follicular?

5979.
outside the window
winter plods past
methodical and petulant

Shadorma 300, 301

From the collection The Immediate and No Sooner, published in 2021.

Shadorma 300
6/25/20

Chair demure
pulled close to table
breathes a word
in its ear
so slight a whisper. Makes sure
the plates do not hear.

Shadorma 301
6/25/20

The straight lines
divide up the view
pleasingly
fragmenting
the lackluster what is to
vivid what could be

Shadorma 298, 299

From the collection published in 2021, The Immediate and No Sooner.

Shadorma 298
6/25/20

new faces –
old reputations
rolled over
repainted –
we dress now in a new skin
nothing else has changed.

Shadorma 299
6/25/20

The raw boards
lie on the table
to be cut
nailed painted
put to use. The promise of
three parallel lines.

Tanka 184, 185

From the collection published in 2021, The Immediate and No Sooner.

Tanka 184
6/25/20

Eleven measured,
examined in increments –
the ruler stretches
reaches out for the number
reels it in. Names it. Knows it.


Tanka 185
6/25/20

aqua-black tangle
electric-shock potential
chevron-pattern coils
curled on the kitchen counter
What species? Power cord snake.

Tanka 181,182, 183

From the collection published in 2021, The Immediate and No Sooner.

Tanka 181
6/25/20

giant glassy eye
rolls in unfocused circles
a small orange speck
darts in and out of vision
floating past the bleary lens

Tanka 182
6/25/20

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.

Tanka 183
6/25/20

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.

Haiku 836, Tanka 180

From the collection published in 2021, The Immediate and No Sooner.

Haiku 836
6/25/20

window screen sunshine
Gridded-out squares of daylight
can’t confine the sky

Tanka 180
6/30/20

A good hiding place
this stretch of stormy weather
flung across the map
I push aside one raindrop
The next one I climb inside

Haiku 833, 834, 835

From The Immediate and No Sooner, 2021.

Haiku 833
6/25/20

Tired waffle weave cloth
swipes its one-millionth wet plate.
Threads fray. Break. A hole.

Haiku 834
6/25/20

three dirty sponges
huddled together squeezed dry
pants of exhaustion

Haiku 835
6/25/20

skylight to ceiling –
up view from inside lampshade.
light bulb eyes its sky.