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The Wonderful Irony of Life

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Ravi is a traveler and foodie who loves to visit off-the-beaten-track places and understand the culture, history and customs behind them.

A tanka reflecting on the vagaries of life.

A tanka reflecting on the vagaries of life.

A tanka poem reflecting on the ironies, vagaries, and the mundane creatures in life whom we so conveniently ignore in our quest for supremacy.


The burning sun breathes

fire on the stray animals

as they die of thirst

but I am a sunflower

and I love the dazzling sun.



Power blackouts darken

the hapless town as chilly winds

wreck flashy neon lights

but I am a glow worm and

my eternal glow never dies.



Men aim to reach the stars

women crave to humble the moon

but I am a dog

and my world is my kennel

and I have no aims in life.



Powerful empires rise

and fall every second day

as time devours all

but I am a banyan tree.

and I fight against time.



Trees are chopped away

without any repentance

wars are waged savagely

and I am the supreme man.

I will never change myself.

Comments

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on February 24, 2021:

Thanks Misbah

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on February 24, 2021:

A very well written piece of work, Ravi

Nice job

BLESSINGS

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on February 24, 2021:

You are right on target Flourish

FlourishAnyway from USA on February 24, 2021:

I definitely care about the strays. My passion. Not so much the human ones but the feline ones. Can’t help everyone. And I feed the birds. We need to humble ourselves before nature and our fellow creatures. We all breathe the same air.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on February 24, 2021:

Thanks DEvika

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 24, 2021:

Interesting thoughts you have ravirajan01 I am pleased to see that you are keeping up to date with your writing.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on February 24, 2021:

Thanks Ann

Ann Carr from SW England on February 24, 2021:

Yes, it's a shame we don't cherish nature more and see it as an example. It is much more powerful than we will ever be, but we need to stop messing with it; we need to protect it. Great contrasts here, to convey your message.

Ann

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on February 24, 2021:

Thanks Rosina.

Rosina S Khan on February 24, 2021:

Nice poetry. You show obvious talent. And I like your sense of humor too. Thanks for sharing, Ravi.

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