Bird in Tree

Swinging from the family tree
Learning that the mystery
Isn’t what we have to know
But the joy when we let go.

Text: Linked to dVerse Poetics where Lillian is hosting with the theme of spring.  Of the photos she provided for inspiration, I was thinking of the one with the two children swinging from a tree. The form of this poem is a tanaga.  I will feature it on Thursday.

Photos: “Bird in Tree”, above, and the swing Lillian features, middle, and “Somewhere in Colorado Springs”, below.


Somewhere in Colorado Springs

Author: Frank Hubeny

I enjoy walking, poetry and short prose as well as taking pictures with my phone.

41 thoughts on “Spring”

  1. Love this Frank. Ah yes….pumping the swing way up high and right at the peak of the arc, letting go and flying through the air! 🙂 I remember those moments. Can you also post (cut and paste in) the photo of the swinging from the prompt so folks can see it?
    Not familiar (or at least I don’t remember it) with this form. Will have to google it. But I do always love the shorter forms. 🙂

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    1. The rhyme scheme varies. Often it is a mono-rhyme, that is all four lines have the same rhyme sound. One could have multiple stanzas of four lines each with a separate rhyme on each line matching a rhyme word in the next stanza. The main thing is the seven syllables per line and the four lines per stanza although I am no expert on this. It is a lot like common meter in English as I hear it and it is part of the oral tradition of the Tagalog language.


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