the clouds so white, the trees so green
bees make honey, and birds sing
ebbing and flowing I dream
are we truly what we see?
The Tanaga is a Filipino stanzaic form that was originally written in Tagolog which to my ear is one of the more musical of languages. (Kumusta ka? Mabuti salam at) The form dates back to the 16th century and has an oral tradition. The poems are not titled. Each is emotionally charged and asks a question that begs an anwer. This form was found at Kaleidoscope.
stanzaic, written in any number of quatrains.
syllabic, 7-7-7-7 syllables per line.
rhymed, originally aaaa bbbb cccc etc., modern Tanagas also use aabb ccdd etc or abba cddc etc or any combination rhyme can be used.
composed with the liberal use of metaphor.