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.)