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.

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.