The Tanaga is an ancient Filipino poem which has been dying out in its native language, Tagalog. Tanagas are being encouraged in English in an attempt to reach new audiences and keep the form alive. Some sources call the Tanaga a “Filipino Haiku”, but that isn’t quite accurate. Like an English haiku, the Tanaga counts syllables. Unlike the haiku, the pattern is four lines of 7 syllables each (7-7-7-7). The difference is that the Tanaga rhymes; it has a pattern of AABB. In addition, ancient Tanagas were handed down through oral history and contain advice for living.
- We only see the length of the frog after its death.
- it is only when the frog is satiated with water that it burps
gurgling sounds from empty pond
heard above the waking dawn
has the frog had its moment
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