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B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – Tanaga – December 18, 2015

Charles Blackman. Christabel's Dream, n.d. WikiPaintings.

Charles Blackman. Christabel’s Dream, n.d. WikiPaintings.


Greetings from Paloma!

For this week I’d like us to return to the Tanaga for our inspiration.

The tanaga is a Filipino poem passed down through oral tradition. It consists of four lines with seven syllables each; the traditional rhyme scheme is AABB but modern tanagas may follow AABB, ABBB, ABAB, ABBA, AAAB, BAAA, ABCD rhyme patterns.


For this week you have the option of writing a tanaga, or writing a Shadorma (non-rhyming, six-line poem with a syllable count of 3/5/3/3/7/5).

You may use the painting by Charles Blackman for your inspiration, Eddie Vedder’s rendition of the classic “Dream a Little Dream”, or a painting or inspiration of your choice.  Since I’ve been listening to Eddie Vedder’s Ukulele Songs for a week, I offer you this tune:

As well as Aerosmith’s “Dream On”:


This longing is a dream door 
split by splintered memories. 
Grief and time set boundaries – 
I have earned my miseries. 

Paloma (2014)

When you have written your tanaga(s) and/or shadorma(s), please TAG them B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond and MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie. Then add your link to the Mister Linky widget below.

Have Fun!


18 comments on “B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – Tanaga – December 18, 2015

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  2. Rall
    December 19, 2015

    The Eddie Vedder clip is gorgeous. Merry Christmas Jen !

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  5. Jael Aster
    December 20, 2015

    Wow, your poem is powerful, beautiful.

    • Paloma
      December 21, 2015

      Thank you so much
      How little I’ve changed … sigh …

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  7. writersdream9
    December 21, 2015

    Thank you for an inspiring piece of art. I tried a tanaga today. Very nice!

    • Paloma
      December 22, 2015

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

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  9. julespaige
    December 22, 2015

    Kind of reminds me of when I tell folks that I will not dye my hair since I’ve earned every white, silver or grey one…

    Be gentle on yourself though. 😉

    Happy Winter Solstice all. Days for us in the north get just a tad longer tomorrow.

    Also in the linky – Here’s mine:

    • Paloma
      December 22, 2015

      Thank goodness the days are getting longer. The darkness is getting a bit much!

      Oh yes…. I’ve earned that gray too 🙂

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