A Tanka.*

Why did it end then,

Before we had time to learn

That they were wrong when

They told us our love would die,

And we’d see that by and by?


*Tanka  are 31-syllable poems that have been the most popular form of poetry in Japan for at least 1300 years. As a form of poetry, tanka is older than haiku, and tanka poems evoke a moment or mark an occasion with concision and musicality


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