Sunday 28 August 2022

Three "Jesus Tanka" by Chad Parenteau

Suburban Jesus Tanka


Suburban Jesus

defies holy water ban,

consecrates his hose,

blesses hot brown grass to turn

into wetter hot brown grass.

Groomer Jesus Tanka


Groomer Jesus knows

the way to reach all children.

Give each a wafer,

now he’s inside all of them.

It works better than candy!

Anti-Woke Jesus


Anti-Woke Jesus

shrugs off Virgin Mary Sue,

says no prophet is

accepted once they’re offline

while bot disciples give praise.

Chad Parenteau hosts Boston's long-running Stone Soup Poetry series. His poetry has appeared in journals such as Résonancee, Molecule, Ibbetson Street, Pocket Lint, Cape Cod Poetry Review, Tell-Tale Inklings, The New Verse News, Off The Coast, The Skinny Poetry Journal, Nixes Mate Review and the anthology Reimagine America from Vagabond Books. He serves as Associate Editor of the online journal Oddball Magazine. His second collection, The Collapsed Bookshelf, was nominated for a Massachusetts Book Award.

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