Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava

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Life in and around Northfield, Minnesota.
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Daily Tanka: Rainy Day Dog Bite

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 10:24pm

Rainy Day Dog Bite
On a rainy day
I get an itch on my knee
Where that goddamn dog
Bit me while I rode my bike.
Blood ran through the sweat and dust.

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Daily Tanka: Reasons to Ride Bikes

Sun, 04/09/2017 - 7:55pm

Reasons to Ride Bikes
Reasons to ride bikes:
Breathe fresh air. See the country.
Get fit. Get fitter.
Practice cornering. Go fast.
Get some ice cream with the girls.

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Daily Tanka: The End of the World

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 8:24pm

The End of the World

Everyone has a
Favorite end of the world.
Jesus. Aliens.
A free market. A comet.
I hope the glaciers return.

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Daily Tanka: Sleep Trails

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 11:20pm

Sleep Trails

Failing asleep, I
Take mental rides on the trails
I’ll hit tomorrow
Or that I rode last winter
Turns, straights, climbs, downhills, vistas.

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Daily Tanka: 1992 in my ears

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 10:58pm

1992 in my ears
Which neurons can be
Blamed or thanked for conjuring
A line from a song
I’ve loved since I was nineteen:
What a life a mess can be.

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Daily Tanka: Snackwork

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 10:20pm

Without a massive
Project to eat my desk,
I snack on small tasks.
Emails, articles, phone calls,
Chats, all washed down with coffee.

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Daily Tanka: Ducks

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 10:15pm


When ducks fly over
I look away, embarrassed.
The frantic curved wings,
The urgent, demanding calls.
Nature at its most frantic.

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Daily Tanka: Fog

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 11:02pm

Fog, not rain, is snow’s
Warm-season sibling. Rain just
Obeys gravity.
Snow and fog wait for you to
Notice their hovering work.

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Daily Tanka: Oak

Sun, 04/02/2017 - 10:25pm

I would love to see
Over some hundreds of months
Or some scores of years
How an oak’s trunk unstraightens,
Gnarls to a perfect misshape

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Daily Tanka: First Rides

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 11:10pm

First Rides

Not far, but the first rides
Of the new season: gravel,
Trails, grass, some pavement
The bike, a friend, a daughter
Let’s ride again tomorrow 

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