Transitory Life

Let’s not think of tomorrow, but let’s enjoy this fleeting moment of life.

–Omar Khayyam

Transitory life


Tanka is one of the oldest Japanese poetry forms. There are five lines in a Tanka poem. The basic structure of a Tanka poem is 5 – 7 – 5 – 7 – 7. In other words, there are 5 syllables in line 1, 7 syllables in line 2, 5 syllables in line 3, and 7 syllables in lines 4 and 5. Tanks poems are written about nature, seasons, love, sadness and other strong emotions.