~Artful Escape~ & ~Sunny Side Up~

ARTFUL ESCAPE (Haiku)

In poetry, born
Deep music from still heartbeats
An artful escape


SUNNY SIDE UP (Tanaga)

Eggs, sunny side down, but two
Toast, burnt from unsaid adieu
In place still, in voids that speak
Memories, thoughts I still seek

FORMS INVOLVED: HAIKU and TANAGA.

The traditional Haiku is a form of poetry that originated in Japan, and would take on a nature theme and had a strict format of 5-7-5 mora or on. The Haiku in English, acc. to Wikipedia, is not that strict in syllabic format. It has a maximum of 17 syllables in no specific pattern (10-14 is considered acceptable as length.), a seasonal word and also a cutting mark to give a breath. Though most Haiku poets still prefer the nature based theme, it sometimes takes on a mixture of Senryu and Haiku forms, and can deal with any theme as well.

The Tanaga is a type of Filipino poem, consisting of four lines with seven syllables each with the same rhyme at the end of each line; that is to say a 7-7-7-7 syllabic verse, with an AABB rhyme scheme. Poets test their skills at rhyme, meter and metaphor through the tanaga, not only because is it rhymed and measured, but also it exacts skillful use of words to create a puzzle that demands some kind of an answer. Tanagas do not have titles traditionally because the Tanaga should speak for itself. However, modern Tanaga poets can opt to give them titles.

Haiku written for Haiku Heights (#40, Born), Haiku My Heart, Sensational Haiku Wednesday (#96, Freestyle) and Monday Poetry Potluck (Art, Music and Poetry)

Tanaga written for Magpie Tales (#62) and One Single Impression (#165, Place)

Images (in order used) from Writing Forward; and from Tess Kincaid of Magpie Tales.

Poetry & writing to me are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

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