Mix-It-Up Day: Poetry!

Traipsing merrily through the annals of Wikipedia, seeking some clarification of forms of rhythmic verse, I stumbled across a Filipino form of verse entitled the ‘Tanaga’.  It is described as ‘consisting of four lines with seven syllables each’, with true form having similar sounding syllables at each line’s ends.  The modern form experiments with line endings, from pairings to individualised

Would you look at that!  My short stories are seven chapters of four scenes each.  That would make my short story style the ‘Inverted Long-Form Tanaga’.  Do you think that term’s worth a copyright?

To mix it on up, let’s write a poem in the Tanaga format.  The words of the poem are meant to speak for themselves, and hence a title is not essential.

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

1

Sun

a

verts

its

warm

ing

gaze

2

Pla

net

tilts

to

share

the

heat

3

A

sky

once

vi

vid

pa

ling

4

As

leaves

seek

the

ground

be

low

Sun averts its warming gaze

Planet tilts to share the heat

A sky once vivid paling

As leaves seek the ground below

Hopefully the words are true to the Tanaga format.  As always, feedback is welcomed =)

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