Odd ball girl with strange attire

Stuck at the lower most tier

Overlooked and passed over

Doomed to awkwardly hover

Took a while, grew out of it

Learned to love myself a bit

Built my confidence from scratch

Negative thoughts, I detached

Gave less importance to looks

Closed myself off, hit the books

Worked hard, played fair and struggled

Umpteen times I have stumbled

At first, it was for payback

Making up for what I lack

Couldn’t care less any more

Bullies, you’ll reap what you sowed

Dear Readers,

This is the 11th poem for the OctPoWriMo Poetry Challenge 2015.

The prompt today was to write about something you’ve achieved in your life that you didn’t expect, going against naysayers.

I’ve chosen the Tanaga style for this poem. The Tanaga is a Filipino style of poetry with four-line stanzas with the syllable count of 7-7-7-7, and a rhyme scheme of AABB. Tanagas traditionally don’t have a title per se. I’ve written this form once before, hereΒ 

Thanks for reading,

Till tomorrow,



24 thoughts on “Tanaga

  1. Oh my my my, what a brilliant Tanaga–I haven’t done one in awhile, so you’ve inspired me! As for the context of your poem, I can’t imagine you as anything but lovely and wonderful–forever! xxoo

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