LATE BLOOMS: Two Tankas (The Win)


Woe be the loser.
But what truly pains me more?
The victor’s winning!
For victory brings great pride
that to perdition can lead.


And they celebrate.
As if the win is their win.
I am sad for them.
They who’ve lost without knowing
and think that they are winning.

Eric S.B. Libre
11 July 2020