“One Defeats Not Death” Tanka 852


One defeats not death:

but welcomes it in a friend

and fine first* counsel!

 

Not last, but first: life may lie.

But death always says what’s true.

 

  • (In the haiku version “Defeat Not Death,” I parenthetically added a modified first Tanka line by way of possible explanation for the theme. Herein is the whole meal I meant.  I was too drooly contemplating the passing of the polish sausage and the black beans ‘n’ rice to pay proper heed to the passage. Pardon, death, but life does that.)

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