Monday, 30 December 2019

Raising a Tanka for Willie IV

Past t' chippy selling
Caviar sign that takes no crêpe 
Director's boots own
In place Russian fired fish
And a liar's eyewitness

Sunday, 29 December 2019

Bouyant and Av'rage Tanka

Some fair bouyant
And av'rage felt a ghost stroke
His arse today as
The sponge of the area 
Wore daft on his sole that way

The Shopbottler

The spineclimbs
The bluebuilding
Intertwined
The twofor fivewine 
The shopbottler
Took the longwalk
'Fuckoff your
Entirechest'
He said
Inanoff balance
Stabbingincident 
'And keepsmiling 
At thedogs'
Turning whitethen
Roséred

Tankas for Goalposts

His brain defined as
A deflated Casey there
'Neath a back axle
Where he stooped to find jumpleads
For the goalposts of his mind

Tanka Fever Dream

All hedgehogs are from
New York I lost a pretend
Game of baseball too
Out with the in jokes and cog
Native matching wooden toes

Modern Tanka

You scared me and I
Accident'ly liked something
Started twitting at
Lookers and swipey Googlaze
Poems like this regurged bait

Saturday, 28 December 2019

A Bridget over Troubled Tanka

On people watch at
Abstract show they've scruff of line
Earblast and oblong 
Spacing time large scale they can
Vas mono I make up throw

Friday, 27 December 2019

Toothbrush Tanka

I cannot believe You electric toothbrush lot Cannot stand the sink Batt'ry powered gravity Bowers wasting on the brink

End of Burnage Fold Tanka

Slash in the woods were
Ten steps bdown bdown b
Down f't' paper round
Swaping teeth break toffee then
F't' pub selling coffee now

Thursday, 26 December 2019

Tanka for Ania

What teaches us the 
Drip of must that rolls down the 
Stablished thumbed page tea 
Is parties either lust or
Bust ne'er the bastards to be trust

Village Pub Waiting on Tanka

Village pub waiting
Int'resting incedent bait
Inward fruit machine's
Curtailing screaming out with
The gob in with the hating

ManU Sausage



Hilldweller's team's
From t'meat o't' city
Armbadges o' Celt &
Instabeef
Hipdweller's
From 20 10 milesaway
Strokes capitalbeard
Pushes 2veg frame
Peddles t'same
Polishes t'turd
Cuts thewhy
Hounds4 offgonemustard
Cept 2pints 4 10
Or 3 4 3
10a penny
Who's the wurst?

Monday, 23 December 2019

West Coast Irritanka

The husky voice-ed
Irritant has trained is wreck 
Owning aloud the 
Only joke worth having's no
One's ever done this before 

Another Taproom Passing

Another taproom passing 
Does not a poem make

Solid cabbies weeping
Another vacant space

Figuring the question inn
So beery asks another devastate

   Why you so upset? 

The reply described football style
By another commentate

   He owed me hundred quid! 

(It was then remembered 
Who he was 
Gob the size of the home end
Watch the price of a car
Landlady's clock
Around the head
For singing wrong songs
A name remembered
But yours forgotten
The partisan would anthem
Without full stop)

Therefore scored 
All laughter in his wake

As community shield's are
Played for keepers' sake

Offside the grief
The thing with tethers 
Feathers all nests
In willows break


Thursday, 19 December 2019

Tanka the Horrible

Levelling killing 
Fields the mourning rain photo
Framed once housed these three
Horrible kids not their fault 
The coroner's painting peels

Sunday, 15 December 2019

They've got your number

Last 4 digits Retirement age is APR Door flat 4 is Speed dial to AAA Lottery is Dates of death Statistics is Kids in care Years of service is Coins in cup Minutes of sleep is Number of bus Heart rate over 8 is Ticket in queue Death or glory is % swing red to blue

Monday, 9 December 2019

Shoreditch Haiku

Yap the winter dog
Cuts through grey wisp at crisp pace
Packet overtakes

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

An Ill-informed Tanka

No telegram to
Day only these leaves fell in
Cutting fields of thee
Dares compare the ill and ill
Informed processed meat and swill 

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Lavish Bodice Bonus

(For the striking Wallace Collection workers)

For every 10k
Lavish bodice bonus
There are striking ruffs
Not asking much
In Century 21
And the only curio on display 
Is that fair pay can't be done