Menu Order #17

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…????

frogs, Chinatown, Tanaga,Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, Filipino poetry, writing challenge

Menu Order #17

Unfortunate conditions
for frogs on exhibition –
Destined for the gourmet dish,
Froggy Legs with Jellyfish!


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Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons| Flickr: Mo Riza

 *And is anyone else experiencing the annoying problem of WordPress constantly logging out every few minutes (Session Expired) or is it just me? hmm…. 😐


Carpe Diem Haiku Pilgrimage: Winter Emptiness

icy beads pelt down
as slippery paths glisten
…winter emptiness

winter banquet, haiku, writing challenge, carpe diem haiku, japanese poetry, winter

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 Inspiration: Chevrefeuille’s Carpe Diem Haiku Kai – Meiseki-ji (temple 43) and here, in my hometown, another healthy winter mix of sleet and snow for the next couple of days.



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The River-Merchant’s Wife Haiku Distillation

Hey y’all…today I thought it would be great to dive into another cool Carpe Diem Haiku Kai feature in which you “squeeze” a featured poem and wring out a haiku or a set of haiku poems.

The poem today is:  The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter BY EZRA POUND.

My distillation goes like this…

Artist: Willem de Kooning

playing his guitar
her flowing hair dancing free
music and laughter

too young at sixteen
lacking daddy’s good blessing
they elope for fun

street entertainers
not looking at tomorrow
share an old blanket

ten full seasons pass –
harsh winters finally fold,
on fading couple

river of bright lights
lures him out the door, but she,
in old age still waits


A tough challenge especially working with such a master poet as Ezra Pound but I appreciate learning the art of haiku by studying classic poetry. Here is one more distillation by Moondustwriter,  Love in the river #haiku #photography #Ezrapound and if you go to Carpe Diem link above, you will find more. Enjoy and thank you.

Smiles, laughter and warm blessings!


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Fertility, a Carpe Diem Haiku Affair

haiku, carpe diem challenge, writing challenge, Fernando Botero

ancient Greece
seek answers from Artemis
fertility god

modern world
chart peak fertility days
natural family plans


Linked to Carpe Diem #330 Temple of Artemis at Ephesus.

Artist: Fernando Botero (I’m just loving this artist – his portrayals featuring voluptuous models! Delightful! 🙂 )