planting poet-tree


time to plant a poet-tree

gently dig a loamy hole

water roots creatively

fertilize with wit and soul


nurtured by attentive love

sapling poet-tree will grow

spread out branches, shelter dove

harvest of ripe fruits bestow




The tanagaย form is part of an oral tradition going back to the early 16th century (eg. Twinkle, twinkle little star). It comes in stanzas of four lines with seven syllables per line. It often rhymes, even rhyming each line of a stanza on the same rhyme sound, but it can have variable rhyme patterns. It can also have more than one stanza. Frank hosts tanaga prompt at dVerse Poets.

16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Colin Lee
    Apr 05, 2018 @ 07:43:19

    The first line somehow brought to mind Ecclesiastes 3. And then it opened nicely into this creative journey, which could be about the poet’s own growth or a legacy sparked by her inspiration. I like this — an edifying message either way. And how true this applies … like trees, some of us grow faster, and some slower; some of us fruit-bearers, some refreshing evergreen; but everyone is beautiful in their own way.


  2. revivedwriter
    Apr 02, 2018 @ 16:19:10

    This is clever, and the topic works well with the rhyme scheme. Very whimsical!


  3. lillian
    Apr 02, 2018 @ 07:43:53

    LOVE this! A poet tree ๐Ÿ™‚ and all can be a part of it, just, as I used to say to my children, “use your words!” ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. D. Avery @shiftnshake
    Mar 31, 2018 @ 21:41:52

    What a fun poem.


  5. Mish
    Mar 31, 2018 @ 16:43:56

    I like the idea of growing a poet tree and your play on words. Nice one!


  6. Frank Hubeny
    Mar 31, 2018 @ 12:33:26

    Nice tanaga about growing the poet-tree. And harvesting its fruits. I like how “wit and soul” fertilize it.


  7. Waltermarks
    Mar 31, 2018 @ 10:58:21

    We are all trees after all, planted in fertile soil. Well put; though I’mnot sure what kind of crazy fruit I put out. Hmmm, time for introspection, lol.


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