Guests Of Life

We, the guests of life
No passion to save it all
Sadly vain we are
Actions will lead to the day
When life moves on without us

Here is another attempt at the poetry form called a Tanka.  Tanka is a Japanese poetry type of five lines, the first and third composed of five syllables and the rest of seven. Tanka is the oldest type of poetry in Japan.
Forms like tanka allow more freedom to explore and express emotions than haiku.  Many times there is a hidden agenda in the verses. Lovers in ancient Japan were forced to find metaphors to express what they could not say openly. In fact, the Japanese word for metaphor means “pillow word,” signifying the secretiveness behind what is written.
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