In this quatrain Omar Khayyam attempts to comprehend life and our place in the universe. He regards death and human fate as mysteries he cannot decipher. His pondering highlights our human predicament—awareness that death of our physical bodies is certain. Birds on the other hand are free of such thoughts:
birds praising their Creator
a human being
gazes at the sky
wonders about life
My tanka is in response to the above quatrain from the Rubaiyat and to the haiku by Chevrefeuille. Carpe Diem #1304 The Seventh Gate.