it’s a masquerade
their vile deluge of pretense,
their temerity
is but a drizzling ruse
a tempest, shrouded in guile

raining down on us,
deliquescent victims, we
are dying of thirst


A Tanka/Senryu for Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge, prompt words (using synonyms only): ‘Cover’ (pretense, masquerade, shroud) and ‘Precipitation’ (drizzle, deluge, deliquescence, temerity, tempest).


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