Tanka T063

Can we just be friends?
I’ve lived without love so far –
I don’t need it now –
How I foresaw my response
To love offers in old age

06.06.16 – 06.07.16



Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

I’m particularly fond of this tanka for personal insight I realized upon composing it. Love has a price of life adjustments, complications, compromise, among other things. I’ve been single most of my life for reasons beyond my control, and have made a very happy life without a love in my life. Should, in old age, someone offers me love, I’m pretty sure I will turn it down and just ask to be friends. That’s because I will not only be happy, and used to a life without love, I will be less than willing to pay the price for love since some of the rewards will no longer be there in old age. Why complicate things, right? 🙂

The poems titled Tanka, followed by a number, are tanka composed while I was not engaged in some activity during which I frequently composed poetry. That is why these are called the Inactive Tanka collection.


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