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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.

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