Saturday, June 27, 2015

Moving Day


MOVING DAY, a haibun
by Victor P. Gendrano

World Haiku Review, August 2013

watching me watch
the remnants of my past life
my daughter whispers
it's alright Dad to be sad
on your moving out

On my daughter Juliet's insistent demand that it's time for me to enjoy my retirement, I moved to a senior community place euphemistically called Leisure World. On the early morning of that first day, I thought I smelt the aroma of a freshly brewed coffee, so half-awake, I hurriedly walked to the kitchen dreamingly half-expecting a homey breakfast with my late wife.

Unfortunately, I accidentally bumped my head on the bedroom's slightly open door and felt blood oozing from my forehead to my eyes. I sidestepped to the bathroom, snatched a bunch of toilet paper and pressed them tightly over the wound. With my right hand on my forehead, I used my left hand to dial for help.

A paramedic examined the wound and, obviously to lessen the gravity of the situation and put me at ease, he proclaimed with impish grin and studied flair that it was only a cut and no stitches are needed. He then cleaned, dressed and bandaged my head wound, while softly humming a tune.

Blurting repeated thanks while escorting him to the door, I glimpsed a shaft of early morning light gradually piercing and bathing my sleepy neighborhood.

no time nor place
could weaken the memory
of my first love


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Ode to my father


ODE TO MY FATHER
by Victor P. Gendrano

Gnarled hands reveal
The toil of countless years,
Unceasing care in raising us
From carefree days.
Warm them on mine, let us,
In peace, relive the bygone days
With no regret. Let's not lament
The rare instance when we snatched
From fleeting time a few minutes
Then being one, sharing one's soul
In man-to-man's togetherness.

Oh memories!
Time-warped and distance-dulled
We seem only to dwell on those
We like and dump away the rest
As if in so doing we wash our guilt
Of things undone, unspoken words
Which might haunt us in our sleep.

Your frail body, which now is sapped
Of all strength lay bedridden
Creased brow, etched lines
On aged face my hands
Nor love, cannot erase.

Hearken, I'll sing our song
When as a child you soothed my fears
I need it now to steel myself
Still sorrow, and sad swan song
Inchoate yet escaping
From my burdened breast.

And when the thief of life
Finds us apart, take heed
With you my thoughts, my love
My memories remain always
As with Mother who you precede
Rest peacefully, peacefully rest
We commend you to heaven's grace.


In my book, RUSTLE OF BAMBOO LEAVES, but first published in Heritage magazine, Vol. II, No. 1, March 1988.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Summer advent




summer advent
the warmth of affection 
from family and friends

Thank you all who have visited me in the hospital, sent in get-well cards, and your prayers and concerns for my speedy recovery. i'm blessed in having a very loving and caring family who attend to my daily needs. With the help of God, I am on the way to recovery.

sunny day
the discharged patient kicks
the deflated get-well balloon
out of his way


Saturday, June 6, 2015

Fish that got away

Tagalog

nakawalang isda
palaki nang palaki
sa tungga ng alak

English

one that got away
the fish grows bigger
with every sip of beer

In my book.
Rusrle of bambbo leaves

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Chopped tree




the widower explains
to his visiting son
why he chopped their shade tree
twice there he drawls
I tried to hang myself

In my book,
Haiku and Tanka Harvest

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Loneliness



starved for a woman's touch
he indulges in fantasy
and falls prey to a flirt
beneath the cloak of night
alone,he weeps

In my book,
Haiku and Tanka Harvest

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Cycle of life

Mother"s Day
my daughter brings her daughter
as a peace offering

eighteenth birthday
she dances with strangers
my daughter's daughter

a cocoon rides
the autumn wind
her empty room

early spring
my daughter"s daughter
now a new mother

From my book. Rustle of bamboo: Selected haiku and other poems.