Tanka T131

Stood in pouring rain –
Rather than breathe cigarette
Smoke in bus shelter –
Cause a little cold water
Ain’t gonna hurt nobody




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

Some really stupid mofo was smoking in the bus shelter where I went and got the bus this day. I’d be in the right to tell him but he’d look like the type I’d have to beat up to get my point across, then get sued for and charged with assault, so I just stood out in the pouring rain. When it came time to get on the bus, I made eye contact and told him not to worry, that he’d die long before I would.

He had no response. Good thing, too!

The T-series poems are tanka composed while I was not engaged in some activity during which I frequently composed poetry. That is why these are called the Inactive Tanka collection.


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