Thursday, December 9, 2021

A Room of My Own: Pink-Haired Sister Tanka

reading between the lives and writing between the lines, I

but you're a girl ...
my pink-haired sister
stands firm
with her legs apart
urinating before Father

Addedreading between the lives and writing between the lines, II

I (a closet gay)
no longer a Catholic ...
my friend walks
out of the church backwards
while gazing at the altar

1 comment:

  1. My new writing project title, alludes to Lawrence Ferlinghetti's view of "Poetry as Insurgent Art:"

    Strive to change the world in such a way that there’s no further need to be a dissident. Read between the lives, and write between the lines. Be committed to something outside yourself.

    And the following mainstream tanka could be read as a sequel to mine:

    on a shelf
    in her dining room...
    the red truck
    her father bought
    hoping for a boy

    A Hundred Gourds, 2:1, December 2012

    Ken Slaughter