Sunday, November 15, 2020

A Room of My Own: Heat Map Tanka

One Hundred Thirty-Sixth  Entry, Coronavirus Poetry Diary

the surge 
of waves and whitecaps ...
more red dots
added to the heat map
of Covid-19

Added: In the Wake of Defeat 
a tanka set written in response to "Trump's vow against U.S. coronavirus lockdown in 1st speech since election defeat," Global News, Nov. 13

before the long wall
of U.S. flags ...
bubbles of spit frothing 
from the President's mouth

piercing cries
of count every vote
and stop the steal ...
MAGA fans white with rage
against the dying of the light

FYI: I made a request for a judicial recount of participants in this so-called "Million" MAGA March

Added: a sequel to In the Wake of Defeat for Trump Party faithfuls, including Trump himself and the Trumps in the wall-to-wall mirrors of the Presidential Suite 

a night of dreams 
the EVICTION balloon arch
over the White House 


  1. The ending of my tanka reminds me of the following covid-19 poems:

    these nameless
    covid-19 stats ...
    shivering drizzle

    Boston Haiku Society Newsletter, March 2020

    Richard St. Clair

    Fifty-Second Entry, Coronavirus Poetry Diary

    death toll rising...
    in illness and in fear
    with my drunken shadow
    apart together

    First Tanka of Repetition, accessed at

  2. My tanka could be read as a sequel to the concluding tanka of "In the Wake of Defeat:"

    a phalanx
    of Proud Boys shouting
    "we won, we won..."
    until they convince themselves
    in the gathering dark

    NeverEnding Story, October 1 2020