Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Lao Tzu

a spoonful of vinegar:
is it bitter, sweet or sour?
the bearded philosopher
throws a smile for an answer


This is my first English tanaga, inspired by the story of the three vinegar tasters: Confucius, Buddha and Lao Tzu. For details on this story and the accompanying painting, click here.

What is a tanaga. This is a Filipino form of poetry, consisting of four lines that rhyme, with seven syllables for each line. I would say that it is the counterpart of the Japanese tanka. Members of the Pinoy Poets e-group, of which I am one, join hands in promoting said indigenous poetry form. I have created a new blog featuring the tanaga that I've written, all in Tagalog except the one above.



2 Comments:

Blogger mael brigde said...

this is wonderful! do you think you will evwer translate any of the poems?

2:15 PM  
Blogger . Gabi Greve said...

tasting vinegar
tasting honey
tasting haiku


Daruma and the Vinegar Tasters
http://darumasan.blogspot.com/2004/10/three-vinegar-tasters.html

Greetings from Gabi in Japan

http://happyhaiku.blogspot.com/
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2:43 PM  

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