In her story, or: Through the lies

My 1st Tanaga

Modestly, she's apt to blush,
Flowering ~anxiously~ lush.
Her flow rushes over me;
I'm drowning in her story.

My 2nd Tanaga

Stuffed myself into a box;
Lost the keys to all the locks;
Cut two holes out for my eyes
So I could see through the lies.


The Tanaga is an indigenous type of Filipino poem, which consists of four lines (a quatrain), each with seven syllables, traditionally (but not always) following an AABB rhyme scheme.

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

26 thoughts on “In her story, or: Through the lies”

  1. If there’s one thing I hate, it’s a liar! I am not the suspicious type, but if I catch someone in a lie, I am usually done with them! I think the commonality that links these two poems together is deception. Very clever, David! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. That second Tanaga is not playing games
    I’m enthralled by the severity of the action and the revelations within that awkward and narrow place
    – pure sight

      1. And so you should be. That’s what great creatives do. Sagacious – photographers, musicians, writers and directors go to the most awkward and difficult places to meet their subject


  3. Oh no..:( The 2nd Tanga made me feel so sad!! Needing such a hidey-hole is a sad state. I really enjoy your works.

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