young fair lilies bloom
tranquil in the lap of night
glowing through the dark
for those few borrowed moments
smiling with the fading moon
slender lilies sweet
dreams folded within their souls
tender petals blush
moon spills in the sky- adieu
dew forms on dying flowers
A Tanka (tan-short, kah-verse) is a genre of classical Japanese poetry and one of the major genres of Japanese literature.
It's an unrhymed verse of five lines with a syllable count of 5-7-5-7-7.
It's generally not titled unless in a 'tanka string' or 'sequence'.
Like haiku it nudges, hints and guides the mind to explore the hidden meanings but unlike haiku, it has a broad aesthetic and to let the reader wander through the infinite possibilities, the capitalization of the first letter and the use of full stop after the last is avoided.