Okay, I thought I'm done for today. But wait! My notebook tells me, "Shouldn't you write one of those tanaga that you recently discovered?" And I responded, "Oh yeah! Darn, you're right!"
To those of you wondering what a tanaga is, please refer to the following websites:
Let me quote the following from Buhayin ang Tanaga:
The tanaga is a type of short Filipino poem, consisting of four lines with seven syllables each with the same rhyme at the end of each line – that is to say a 7777 syllable form, with an AAAA rhyme pattern. It's almost a dying art!
Why should we let something as beautiful as a tanaga die? So, here it is, my first tanaga poem.
Akin na lang ang tirang
adobo na may bawang
at kaning bahaw. Pitong
anak ay nag-aabang.
9:20 PM 6/24/2006
To those of you who don't speak Tagalog, here is an English translation:
Spare me this left-over
adobo with garlic
and stale rice. My seven
children are waiting.
I just thought I'd write about social issues like poverty, malnutrition, diet, food supply and family planning. My inspiration for this one is an imaginary beggar asking a carinderia attendant/owner for left-over food before the store closes so that the beggar can bring food to her family. I alternately imagined the beggar to be male then female before finally deciding that the beggar is female. It does'nt really matter.
So much drama, eh? Here are the lesser dramatic facts:
- There is a carinderia at the end of our street where I pass daily going to work.
- There is a unique old lady beggar who wakes up the entire neighborhood every morning by her loud swearing in order to get attention. She never fails to wake me up.
- Cooking adobo is easy. Click here to learn.