Word-High July: Amihan



The whistling wind
is like a ghost
that creeps inside
my hollow holes
dug by
your sudden absence.

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In response to Word-High July: 30 Beautiful Filipino Words: Day 21 – Amihan.

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Wind’s Shadows

Wind’s Shadows: A Tanaga

Take the wind and its shadows,
like a bird I’ll let you go,
heart’s a sun in bleeding dawn,
morning will come, I’ll move on.

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In response to May Book Prompts –  by Sarah Doughty and MahWrites.

Today’s prompt is The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #1) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Lucia Graves.

The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books,  #1)


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.

The Tanaga is:

  • 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.
  • untitled.

Elemental Senryu*

Elemental Senryu*

*A collaboration with Melinda Kucsera of In Media Res.

Melinda, an eloquent poetess and a gifted fantasy writer, is the author of epic fantasy adventure Stars and Angel Sing. Visit her blog and take a thrilling journey as she takes you to the enchanted world of Shayari.


Whispers soft and light,
scream signals storm’s strong might, yet
cradles flying kites.

Wind whips tornadoes,
hurls them across the grassland–
toss cars and houses.

Last ‘element’ tomorrow…

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