Renewal (Tanaga)

Farewell, silent welling eyes
Withhold anguished heart-wrung cries
Wrest Pandora’s languished hope
Renew this sad heart to cope


The Tanaga is a Filipino poetic form. It consists of four lines with seven syllables each; the rhyme scheme is AABB. Traditionally, Tanagas don’t have titles and they are composed in the Tagalog language. These days, Tanagas are appearing more frequently in English, they are picking up titles and varying their rhyme forms (for example, AABB, ABAB, ABBA, AAAB, BAAA, ABCD, and so on). Morals, ethics, and proverbs may or may not be present.

Nature’s Beauty (Cyhydedd Hir)


Verdant forest screened
Canopy of green
Mountain vistas seen–
a foggy veil

Waterfalls between
jagged cliffs unseamed
by erosive means–
watery trails

The Cyhydedd Hir, is a Welsh poetry form. Here is the format for writing a Cyhydedd Hir:
It is an octave stanza (8 lines) made up of two quatrains (4 lines). The syllable count is 5-5-5-4-5-5-5-4 and the rhyming scheme is aaaBaaaB. If you do more than two quatrains the rhyming scheme would be as follows: aaaBaaaBcccDcccD. The five syllable lines all have the same end rhyme and the four syllable lines carry the second rhyme pattern from stanza to stanza.

Once there were Dragons

Since the Dawn of Time, universal legends told

of a mighty fearsome creature, called Dragon in every tale.

Was this legendary creature once alive, its’ fiery breath now cold?

Gossamer webbed wings, iridescent scales;

Ruler of God’s created Beasts.

Fearsome fiery breath, sharply barbed tail;

Now cursed, hated, you slither among the least.

Stripped of all you possess, your unearned fall!

Satan’s cruel lie used your beauty and grace;

Your permanent loss suffered by man most of all.

Now a product of legend, your fearsome form and face

live in legend memory, drawn on ancient walls.

Though stolen by the Great Lie, your majesty earns your place.

Mighty Dragon, greatest Beast in all Creation!

Struck down by Adam’s sin.

Cursed creature, stripped from all nations;

now a slithering serpent kin.

Known for your words, intelligent and wise,

Satan used your form, doppleganger in your skin,

to delusion innocence and open their eyes.

We mourn your loss, stripped by God’s curse,

Victim of the Father of Lies.

My imaginings lead me to what the Great Serpent of the Bible was. This poem imagines that it was the great and mighty dragon, stripped of his glory when Satan used his image to tempt Eve.


Tumbling Springs (Ya-Du)

Tumbling springs fall
carving walls grooved
as scrawling notes
flashly floating
while coating all it touches with misty motes.


For Voices of Poetry and Prose magazine entry submission:  Ya-Du Poetry Form

The rules for this poetry form are as follows.   These rules are pretty rigid, and I actually do not follow one of the rules as stated below.  Can you find it?

•1, 2, or 3 stanzas, each with 5 lines;
•Lines 1, 2, 3, and 4 have four syllables;
•Line 5 has 5, 7, 9, or 11 syllables;
•Lines 4 and 5 have end rhyme; 
•Lines 1, 2, and 3 have climbing rhyme in syllables 4, 3, and 2; 
•Lines 3, 4, and 5 have climbing rhyme in syllables 4, 3, and 2; 
•There should be a reference to the seasons.