So, I found some willpower to stop my reading of Stephen King’s book, Under the Dome, and noticed Tanaga, an ancient Filipino poetry form featured at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.
Jen from Blog It of Lose It, the featured Carpe Diem Ghost-Writer, explains:
“Tanaga has been dying out in its native language, Tagalog… [and] cultural groups encourage Tanagas written in English in an attempt to reach new audiences and keep the form alive.”
It’s always a neat thing to keep a dying art form alive, yes?
The Tanaga, like the English haiku, counts syllables to a four line pattern. That is, four lines with seven syllables in each line, BUT, whoa, wait a second…the Tanaga also holds a rhyming pattern!
Traditionally the rhyming followed the AABB pattern but rules change and you may see a variety of patterns such as, ABAB, ABBA, and AAAB and so on…
Now let me attempt a Tanaga with today’s prompt, Frog, using the AABB rhyme scheme; and of course, I remember seeing live frogs for sale (poor things) in buckets and in fish tanks down in Chinatown.
What else could I think of but…????
Menu Order #17
for frogs on exhibition –
Destined for the gourmet dish,
Froggy Legs with Jellyfish!
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*And is anyone else experiencing the annoying problem of WordPress constantly logging out every few minutes (Session Expired) or is it just me? hmm…. 😐