Urban Tumbleweed: From a Tanka Diary
Along the roadside, someone has spilled
pink Styrofoam peanuts. They add color
to the grassy green, but I still prefer flowers.
Ninety-nine dashing dots crisscross
the walk, red ants converging on a spot where
someone’s dropped a greasy bite of pepperoni.
Intrepid, worldly, and sophisticated food critic
laments she’s found no wine pairs well
with scorpions or tarantulas.
Airline passenger detained was no
fanatic hiding explosives, but a smuggler
with expensive lizards in his pants.
Though they can’t help flaunting their
vulnerability, I imagine that creeping snails
are trusting me to spare their fragile shells.
Yesterday we talked about your favorite
poem. Today you brought a gift
of fully ripe persimmons in a paper bag.