Haiku 865, Tanka 211, Haiku 866, Haiku 867

From the poetry collection published in 2021 containing poems written in 2020, The Immediate and No Sooner.

Haiku 865
10/9/20

The patterned pillow
tells off the cool gray sofa
The romance breaks up

Tanka 211
10/9/20

byzantine plot twists
hectic loves and wild intrigues
the book you’ve hidden
under the sofa cushion
quick! when your mother walks in

Haiku 866
10/12/20

one bite of the pear
the fall-in-love spell is cast
a crisp sweet voice speaks

Haiku 867
10/12/20

the orange ridged cap
great traction for my fingers
twisting out glue drops

A few new: Tanka 276, Haiku 937

I don’t know why but recently I’ve been taking lines I jot down from TV dialogue and using them as inspirations for haiku, tanka, and shadorma form poems. Usually I save these for Little Vines, but there is plenty of material to go around.

Anyway, these two poems were written one after another. I guess there were problems with romance on the show I was watching, but I don’t remember musical instruments being involved…Some ideas come from places we don’t know where.

So, two recent poems.

Tanka 276

you say you love me
but why don’t you visit me
the way you used to
strumming your ukelele
Saturday night serenades

10/2/21

Haiku 937

the office romance
nothing to worry about
until the phone rings

10/2/21

Haiku 876, Haiku 877, Tanka 217, Tanka 218

From the poetry collection published in 2021 containing poems written in 2020, The Immediate and No Sooner.

Haiku 876
10/29/20

pale blue gut feeling
deepening into purple
the more you told me

Haiku 877
10/29/20

ladle dip scoop bail
old tired just plain unwilling
balky rowboat sinks

Tanka 217
10/29/20

the oak tree spreads out
an acre of yellow stars
your rake gathers up
arrays and arranges for
a change of constellations

Tanka 218
10/29/20

The oak tree insists
The leaf argues letting go
The wind gust decides
on the side of change: the leaf
is sent flying to your rake.

Haiku 872, Haiku 873, Haiku 874, Haiku 875

From the poetry collection published in 2021 containing poems written in 2020, The Immediate and No Sooner.

Haiku 872
10/22/20

the moon overlaps
the fading planet’s orbit
eyeing a conquest

Haiku 873
10/22/20

with unerring aim
fudge crumbs mark a smeary trail
on her new white blouse

Haiku 874
10/29/20

Put a lid on it.
Back away from the coffin.
Dead of the night.

Haiku 875
10/29/20

discolored lemon
sharp knife slices the blemish
astringent silence

Haiku 863, 864

From the poetry collection published in 2021 containing poems written in 2020, The Immediate and No Sooner.

Haiku 863
10/2/20

coiled measuring tape
lies like a satisfied snake
nesting in thread spools

Haiku 864
10/2/20

Two thick wires arrive
at the outlet in the basement.
I plug in my iron.

Haiku 862, Tanka 198, 199

From the poetry collection published in 2021 containing poems written in 2020, The Immediate and No Sooner.

Haiku 862

cheap canvas sneakers
one of them lost in the lake
wading last summer

9/21/20

Tanka 198

Four wives wear blue hair
play their harsh card game and bet
ill-fitting secrets
cigarettes in lipsticked mouths.
None of them were newlyweds.

9/21/20

Tanka 199

here is your best chance
to tell the truth. Purse your lips
prepare them to speak.
Open the tube of lipstick
Come clean and live forever.

9/21/20

Shadorma 323, Haiku 859, 860, 861

From the poetry collection published in 2021 containing poems written in 2020, The Immediate and No Sooner.

Shadorma 323

stick of gum
the paper wrapper
peeled away
Silver foil
an inscrutability
your fingers pry up

9/21/20

Haiku 859

an egg-shaped woozy
rolling around in my head –
that stuff sure is strong

9/21/20

Haiku 860

a hiss of snowflakes
and gone no thanks to your voice
calling my old name

9/27/20

Haiku 861

my own blue feather
a broken-off scrap I left
here for you to find

9/21/20

Shadorma 317, Haiku 858, Tanka 196

From the poetry collection published in 2021 containing poems written in 2020, The Immediate and No Sooner.

Shadorma 317

pink headscarf
delphinium dress
ink black tights
arm in arm
with her suit and high heels friend
they laugh and walk on

Haiku 858

symptoms of polite:
you won’t ever talk to me
but you smile and nod

Tanka 196

Her last thought it was
an egg-shaped brainwave shell cracked
and in the sizzle
a grease-fire-fried runny yolk
incinerating the pan

All poems written 9/10/20

Tanka 143, Shadorma 235, Haiku 734

Tanka 143

A thunk and thunk thunk
A bridge reconstruction job
A back-up beep sound
mixed in with non-stop curses
loud and clear. Can’t be good news.

9/11/19

Shadorma 235

Spatter-brown
spots marked on yellow
half-curled leaf
Weeks before
the rest it lets go and drops
beside my left foot

9/11/19

Haiku 734

gasping splat splat splat
of the cleaner’s spray bottle
she wipes the tables

9/19/19