What If Tanka



Family focus?
Liar, liar, tongue on fire
Put up and shut up
Conjoin your money and mouth
Put families up here.






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Roseanne Tanka (Just Desserts)

Running a loud mouth
Brings stupidity trouble
Freeing time slots by
Walking the humorless hate
From society’s pallet

Note: The ideas in this song seem as relevant today as they did in 1983…

Old Neighbor Tanka

Hot junction boxes
Plumbing leading to the sump
Some home improvements
Plants need that constant light source
Bongwater must go somewhere


***Evidently my old neighbor was something other than a chef… It’s good he’s gone.

Testing Tanka

Adolescent life
Talk of online sleepovers
“Digial life, dude”
I’m glad to be an old guy
Without Facebook’s tired trappings

Hot Coffee Gone Cold: Jokes

“Culture is the intersection of people and life itself. It’s how we deal with…”
Wendell Pierce

Narrow-minded joking
Humor misinterpreted
Anger in laughter
Understand jesting’s truth
Comedy is essential

Paradise Corporation People: Sixers-Cavs

“The world is still a weird place, despite my efforts to make clear and perfect sense of it.” Hunter S. Thompson.

Circus atmosphere
T-shirts flying through the air
Eighty dollar meals
Time spent with my family
More important than the game

Complacency Supports Relaxed Evenings: Wednesday

“The best art divides the audience.” Rick Rubin

Snide remarks sent forth
Bring uncertain social bonds
Better to be nice
Winning is not everything
Unless it’s dealing with friends

Barrels Offer Confusing Splits: Conversations

“Buried to a point of absurdity in my work.” Jimmy Iovine

truth held back equals
the potential of living
without expression
of whatever life’s about.
maybe it’s better alone.

Barrels Offer a Confusing Split: Playing Time

“Buried to a point of absurdity in my work.” Jimmy Iovine

Winning or losing
Not my reasons for playing
I should be out there.
Too bad you never listen
Too bad you don’t understand

Adults Hopscotching with Yak Herders: Destiny

“How are you complicit in creating the conditions you don’t want?” Jerry Colonna

Travel outside you
Along the way life is big
So much more to learn
Expanding boundaries soar
With choices from inside you