I need my living room

In preparation for having the balcony painted, I bring everything into my apartment.

after a day of having
the bicycle in the kitchen
I decide
to donate it
last bicycle ride

I move plastic storage bins and lawn items into the living room.

stone lantern
and stone cat
on the coffee table
my new conversation

Andrew Shattuck McBride


This was my attempt at what’s called “tanka prose.” Tanka prose is prose with tanka, Japanese-style five-line poems normally of 31 syllables or less (I didn’t count!).

This was my August 31, 2012 poem for the postcard poetry project. I used an antique card view of an Orca (“Killer Whale”) off the Washington State coast. I mailed the card to Jan of Vancouver, Washington.

Blessings to Jan and all, Andy

About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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2 Responses to I need my living room

  1. I’m smiling at the image of the bicycle in your kitchen. (That must make it difficult to make COFFEE!)

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