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.

10 thoughts on “Renewal (Tanaga)

              1. Yay!! Glad you are going on vacation next week!! Where are you going? I really miss Greg and im concerned about him. Did you try contacting him at work? Should i try contacting him at work?


                1. Im in Cancun, hiding from the sun. Way to strong for me. Jenyn and I are sick so not doing too much. But the rest has been helpful.
                  Yup, I will try and find what I think the address would be and email you. If you want we can write a combined email and then print and send it so he has both our views on his disappearing act!


                  1. Ugh…i cant believe youvare in Cancun and you’re sick!! That stinks!! I hope you all feel better soon! Im just really concerned that he has disappeared so completely. Did he even give you a clue that he would be leaving WP? I hope everything is ok!


                    1. No that is the weird part. He said he would have lots of time to catch up on emails during his 4 week vacation in August. Then, nothing. I emailed him twice and no reply.
                      Yes I had to cancel almost everything, just too sick to go. Got the works–ears, sinus, throat, bronchitis—blah! And the sun is so strong, even in December, that I had to hide in the shade. Even still, it was a quiet week and I am happy with the break.
                      I hope you have a great Christmas/New Year! Any plans?


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