Writing Implements

Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 – InForm:  Tanaga

“The Tanaga is a traditional Tagalog verse the locals call the “The Filipino Haiku.” There are several varying versions of the formerly rigid form.

Traditionally, a Tanaga is 4 lines, each with seven syllables and written in an AAAA rhyme scheme. No title is presented.

The modern Tanaga may have a title (or not), quatrains with seven syllables per line. All Tanaga should feature the use of metaphors. The schemes for the Tanaga can use AABB CCDD… or ABBA CDDC… etc (or any combination rhyme) including no rhyme scheme.

Thanks to the syllable count and line limits, Tanaga will try a poet’s resolve and skill. And as they say in Buffalo … Trust the process!”

A pen dipped in bottled ink
should write in cursive, I think.
Not neat, I’d have to rethink,
or write over kitchen sink.

Mom used a black fountain pen
for her writing now and then.
I love pens with finest points,
purple ink won’t disappoint.

Ever write with thick pastel
on sidewalks? Come on, do tell.
Rainbow colors do compel
hopscotch outlines drawn so well.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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